Tattoos have come a long way since their inception, and the Vintage tattoo book of Old-School Skin Art chronicles their illustrious history. The book, authored by Carol Clerk, documents how tattoos have transformed from a taboo, rebellious practice, to a socially sanctioned art form.
Recently, old-school tattoos are experiencing a revival, with more people opting to ink a bawdy 40s-inspired piece on their bicep, since, well, the 1940s ("Mom" tattoos, anyone?) Tattoos were adopted and popularized by a motley crew of rebels, gangsters and maritime soldiers, who chose to permanently outfit themselves with naked girls, maritime insignia and commemorations of a broken heart.
If you're interested in vintage-style body art, this book is an awesome visual compilation of big tattoo moments, organized into chapters according to the designer who popularized the look.