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This collection covers all styles of tattoos from bold
tribal pieces, Chines characters, and hieroglyphs to delicate
air-brushed designs. Included are striking images of tattoos ranging
from all-over “body suits” to individual motifs.

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Reviews for The Mammoth Book of Tattoos:

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September 23, 2015

Good book, but the binding sucks!
The content of the book is good. Lots of good quality photos from many different genres and artists. Nothing to really fault with the content...it's a thick book. The hard part is that for the money spent and the quality of the content, the binding really sucks. I mean really sucks. I literally flipped through the book from front to back once and the binding began to separate. It looks like the glue holding the binding to the pages is too brittle and it splits and cracks away, leaving the pages unsupported. Now when I flip through the book again, I can see the pages separating from each other. makes me wonder how many more readings I will get out of this before the whole thing falls apart. It's a shame to that something as basic as book bindery could have such a negative effect on an otherwise good book of tattoo art. Buyer beware!
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April 9, 2012

Ok art, poor bookbinding
I purchased this book expecting it to be a good coffee table piece. I was a little surprised at how small it is. The art work contained within is ok, nothing that really moves you.

The big surprise was the bookbinding. My book literally fell apart at the seams the first time I went through it. Very poor job on the part of the printer.
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December 21, 2011

A Quantity of Quality!
The Mammoth Book of Tattoos is a stunning collection of artwork from a conglomerate of select tattoo masters of this generation. Most of the artwork featured in this book is in the styles of modern and Japanese tattoo art, so the variety is slightly limited, but all the photographs are in full color and dazzling quality which really draws you into the depth and detail of each tattoo.

Very little information is offered on the art of tattooing and the artists themselves, but the pictures speak volumes and offer a story that is, perhaps, not possible in the form of the written word. I have absolutely no negative comments about this book. Of all the tattoo-related literature I have collected thus far, The Mammoth Book of Tattoos is by far my favorite to look at again and again.
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Mar 27, 2012

There's no history or analysis here, just short bios of various artists, along with examples of their art.

Some standouts:

George Bardadim's truly gorgeous black and grey work.

Big Gus' stunning black and grey Native American piece that I believe may be based on "Hiawatha"?

Steve Byrne's beautiful traditional-style tattoos -- beautiful colors here.

Marco Cerretelli and Claudia De Rossi representing Italian artists -- I especially loved De Rossi's traditional style pieces and their rich colors. Saira There's no history or analysis here, just short bios of various artists, along with examples of their art.

Some standouts:

George Bardadim's truly gorgeous black and grey work.

Big Gus' stunning black and grey Native American piece that I believe may be based on "Hiawatha"?

Steve Byrne's beautiful traditional-style tattoos -- beautiful colors here.

Marco Cerretelli and Claudia De Rossi representing Italian artists -- I especially loved De Rossi's traditional style pieces and their rich colors. Saira Hunjan (also featured) has a similar saturated traditional style.

Mo Coppoletta's interesting use of black and grey with pops of color (although the unfortunate placement of one piece renders a religious tattoo with the patron's rosy nipple prominently featured).

Rose Hardy's GORGEOUS colors and black line work -- I absolutely loved her work.

Thomas Hooper's beautiful and unusual palm tattoos.

Nikole Lowe's calligraphy/sketch inspired swan -- this is perhaps the most unusual tattoo I've ever seen; it reminded me of those old writing books where people would practice penmanship by drawing pictures. Very pretty.

Louis Molloy's Rocketeer comic book sleeve -- I wouldn't necessarily want it on my arm, but it is detailed and truly beautiful.

Megan Oliver's mendhi style sleeve. Oliver also has a passion flower and crow/raven back piece that is very unusual and interesting.

Luca Ortis' koi fish -- placed on the client's foot, the rippling water is implied by voids in the colour. This tattoo art is a combination of vivid orange and very bright white -- I loved this one. Stewart Robson had another piece that featured this technique of using a void to depict smoke. I didn't care for Robson's subject matter, but I thought this was done very skillfully.

Steff Reider has a few pieces that feature an interesting jagged font that I found very attractive.

I found this quote from Sister Sammy endearing: "Making someone fall in love with their own arm or leg is hilarious, I love my job!"

Valerie Vargas' traditional style tattoos, particularly those featuring ornate frames and intricate details -- more bright colors here, as well as a very pretty white rose accented with pale blue. I don't know how well these colors will hold up over time, but they sure are pretty when they're created.



I didn't love every artist in this book -- no one would love every single one! -- but there were a lot that I really liked, and I would say that even the ones I didn't care for showed great skill and artistic talent. I do have to wonder about the ongoing zombie love -- I just don't get the obsession with zombies, nor why anyone would want one permanently applied to their skin.

AS to the book itself, while most of it is purely artistic, there may be a few photos that you wouldn't want your kids to see, even if they are art lovers or interested in tattoos! While most of the subjects make some sort of effort to cover up the "naughty bits", there are a couple of vaginas on display here -- as well as a couple of tattoos depicting sexy parts (one is quite graphic!). Well, that will get at least a couple of you running out to pick this one up, LOL.

An interesting look at some of the beautiful art one can find in the tattoo world.







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September 20, 2012

Fantastic tattoo book
First I challenge the 'mammoth' part of the title. This books includes a lot of tattoos and tattooers in it, but the books itself is rather small. I was thinking coffee table size and this is not. My mistake for not reading the spec as well as I should have.

That said the books instead is great. It has a large number of tattooers in it from Europe, the US and OZ and some of the amazing tattoos they make. It also covers pretty much all the genres, from classical, sailor Jerry, Japanese, American old school and so on. For the price you get more good tattoo pictures in this book than any other I've seen. And short bios of the tattooers making them.
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April 30, 2012

Not the best tattoos I've seen
I am familiar with several tattoo artists in this book, and I feel like it doesn't depict these artists best work. There are only a few amazing pieces in here, (just a few), so if you are looking for a book full of mediocre tattoo pictures, this is the book to get. It also includes a breif biography of each artist.
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December 21, 2016

Full color photos included
Hundreds of tattoos and full color photos!
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April 24, 2016

E-book Not readable
I bought the digital version of this book due to all the negative reviews on the terrible binding of the physical copy.
Unfortunately, all the text in the digital version runs over top of each other rendering it impossible to read.
Very dissatisfied, considering the content of this particular book is held in high regard.
Will be attempting to contact the publishers.
5

Dec 06, 2009

Excellent pictures. Awesome!!!!

Not many words to read though!
(and that's an understatement)
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May 19, 2017

... what I was hoping for however it's still a good book.
It wasn't what I was hoping for however it's still a good book.
5

Mar 28, 2011

I truly believe that tattoos are an art form so I really loved this book. Plus, I've been wanting to get my own ink for awhile now so it helped me garner ideas.
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January 14, 2017

Three Stars
Cool book
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Aug 14, 2011

Featuring the work of nearly 80 tattoo artists from around the world. This is a nice book to look through for variety. I bought myself a copy when Borders was going out of business.
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December 25, 2016

Check out the discription of tattoos in my review.
I was looking for individuals tattoos. Like butterflys, roses, etc.. This has body tattoos. Some sleeves. No small tattoos
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Jun 26, 2013

Good. Obviously, mostly pics of awesome tats but I like to read the blubs from the artists. Gave me some new ideas, too. :-)
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June 23, 2015

Three Stars
returned
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March 3, 2015

Nice Book
Gave this as a gift. He loved it and it's a great book. Gave him a few ideas for what he'd like to put on his back. The spine is a little week though, some of the pages have started to pop out.
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Sep 12, 2009

Well, it's more of a showcase of tattoo artists and their work than all round tattooness. Awesome stuff though!
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January 29, 2015

Three Stars
great pics but poor book quality, book starts falling apart before i finish going through the entirety of it
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Oct 29, 2012

Love the pictures and the bio's on all the artists. Very informative and keeps you wanting to see what is on the next page.
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January 21, 2015

My top came apart and fell off
The book will not make any difference to me that the binding came apart the first time I opened the book. I just send a few pages to prison inmate with my letters. If your buying this expecting to have a real bound book Don't buy this. If you don't mind a fist full off loose pages this book will be perfect.
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March 28, 2016

Four Stars
A great book to help gain knowledge of different artists and styles of tattooing.
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February 16, 2015

Four Stars
Good book
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January 12, 2015

Good enough.
Good book. I thought it would be bigger. Nothing amazing but worth the money.
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January 7, 2015

Inspiring
Great photography and an amazing amount of inspiration for people looking to get a new tattoo. There is some stunning work in here, but be warned, there is some nudity to overcome!

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