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.
The Vintage Tattoo Book Chronicles the History of Body Art
Vasiliki Marapas — October 21, 2013 — Business