BloodWork: Bodies is an archival body of work requiring time and attention to absorb. Weighing in at 27 pounds, the scale alone informs the holder of the commitment needed. Inside this tremendous 900 page tome, 119 back-pieces and bodysuits created by 53 tattooers the world over, are documented in luxuriant detail. The oversized foldouts offer massive views of each tattoo, exhaustive close-up studies reveal hidden details, and portraits of tattooers as well as collectors personalize each image set… (more…)
By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
It’s no secret that I love books. I collect them, I write them, I publish them… and it’s nice to see that amidst the flurry of Google image searches and technological advances, books are still in use in the tattoo community. I haven’t been tattooing that long, but book collecting was, and is, something all my mentors and role models encouraged. It was about study and reference, doing your homework to make the best tattoo drawing you could!