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Publications Ltd (who produce Body Art magazine, and supply jewelery)
moved (ages ago) to: PO Box 32, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5RD

"Career-oriented Women with Tattoos" by Armstrong, Myrna L. 
 _Image--the journal of nursing scholarship_. Wint '91 v 23 n 4 p 215

"Memorial Decoration: Women, Tattooing, and the Meanings of Body
Alteration" by Sanders, Clinton. _Michigan quarterly review_. Wint 1991
v 30 n 1 p 146
Summary: Sanders is one of a very few academicians writing about body
modifications. This article is the only one I've encountered that deals
specifically with the psychology of women tattoo enthusiasts, whose
reasons for getting inked differ from those of their male counterparts.

"Trends: Tattoos go mainstream." _Newsweek_. Jan 07 91 v 117 n 1 p 60
Summary: A short article focusing on a couple of tattoo enthusiasts who
do not fit the stereotype, including a French man working on his full
back piece. Good introduction to the change in 

"Nonmainstream body modification: genital piercing, burning, and
cutting" by Myers, James. _Journal of contemporary ethnography_. Oct 01
1992 v 21 n 3 p 267.
Summary: One of the few papers that is both academic and informational.
Begins with a definition of "body modification" and discusses various
non-tattooing bodmods. Key players including Fakir, Jim Ward & Raellyn
are mentioned. Gauntlet illustration of genital pierces available. Some
sense of "outsider peeking in;" author specifies the fact that he is a
heterosexual male anthropologist (he is an anthro prof at Cal State


Some books may no longer be in print--check your library for a copy, or
request an InterLibrary Loan. Not all tattoo magazines are reviewed here
(a serials cataloger's nightmare--new titles cropping up all the time,
issues ceasing publication for no reason, etc.)

Carson, Richard D. Never Get a Tattoo. Rogers, Novle, illustrator.
(Illus.). 144p. 1990. Paper. $8.95. (ISBN 0-06-096509-6, PL).
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

DeMichele, William. The Illustrated Woman: Photographs by William
DeMichele. Pref. by Gorman, Shotsie. (Illus.). 128p. 1992. $65.00. (ISBN
0-9631708-0-5); Paper. $34.95. (ISBN 0-9631708-1-3). Proteus Press, Inc.
Special Edition $150. Protective slipcase for hard cover book: $15.00.
Review: This 11"x13" book is a unique photo collection of tattooed
women. In the International tattoo community this book is already a
collector's item, it's a valuable addition to anyone who buys fine
photographic books

Fellman, Sandi. The Japanese Tattoo. (Illus.). 120p. 04/1988. Paper.
$24.95. (ISBN 0-89659-798-9). Abbeville Press, Inc.

Gell, Alfred. Wrapping in Images: Tattooing in Polynesia. (Oxford
Studies in the Anthropology of Cultural Forms). (Illus.). 364p. 1993.
$95.00. (ISBN 0-19-827869-1, 14144). Oxford University Press, Inc.

Handy, Willowdean C. Tattooing in the Marquesas. (BMB). 1974. Repr. of
1922 ed. $15.00. (ISBN 0-527-02104-0). Kraus Reprint.

Hardy, Donald E. Art from the Heart. (Tattootime Ser.: No. 5). 1993.
Paper. $20.00. (ISBN 0-945367-09-0). Hardy Marks Publications.
To order: P.O. Box 90520, Honolulu HI 96835, phone: 808-737-7033
or email Francesca Passalacqua <>.

Hardy, Donald E. Dragon Tattoo Design. (Illus.). 96p. 1988. $50.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-01-5). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E. Eye Tattooed America. 116p. 06/1993. Paper. $20.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-12-0). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E., editor. Life & Death Tattoos. rev. ed. (Tattootime
Ser.). (Illus.). 96p. 1989. Paperback text edition. $15.00. (ISBN
0-945367-05-8). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E., editor. Music & Sea Tattoos. rev. ed. (Tattootime
Ser.). (Illus.). 96p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $15.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-04-X). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E., editor. New Tribalism. rev. ed. (Tattootime Ser.).
(Illus.). 64p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $10.00. (ISBN
0-945367-02-3). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E. Sailor Jerry Collins: American Tattoo Master. 1994.
Paper. $30.00. (ISBN 0-945367-11-2). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E. The Tattoo Coloring Book, Vol. 1. (Illus.). 36p.
(Orig.). 1990. Paperback text edition. $14.95. (ISBN 0-685-44854-1). T C
B Imprints, Unlimited.

Hardy, Donald E. Tattoo Flash. (Illus.). 74p. (Orig.). 1990. Paperback
text edition. $80.00. (ISBN 0-945367-06-6). Hardy Marks Publications.

Hardy, Donald E., editor. Tattoo Magic. rev. ed. (Tattootime Ser.).
(Illus.). 64p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $10.00. (ISBN
0-945367-03-1). Hardy Marks Publications.

Krakow, Amy. The Total Tattoo Book. (Orig.). 1994. Paper. (ISBN
0-446-67001-4). Warner Books, Inc.

Mascia-Lees, Frances E. & Sharpe, Patricia., editors. Tattoo, Torture,
Mutilation & Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture &
Text. (SUNY Series, The Body in Culture, History, & Religion). 172p.
1992. $44.50. (ISBN 0-7914-1065-X); Paper. $14.95. (ISBN 0-7914-1066-8).
State University of New York Press. Warning: This book has a very
negative attitude towards body modification, and has very little to do
with tattooing. Note from the FAQ maintainer (Stan Schwarz):
"This book is the only book I have ever thrown in the trash."

Maginnes, Al. Outside a Tattoo Booth. Zarucchi, Roy, editor. Page,
Carolyn, editor. Page, Carolyn, illustrator. (Chapbook Ser.). (Illus.).
28p. (Orig.). 1991. Paper. $5.00. (ISBN 1-879205-16-5). Nightshade

Morse, Albert L. The Tattooists. Walsh, John A., editor. (Illus.). 1977.
$79.95. (ISBN 0-918320-01-1). Morse, Albert L.

Richie, Donald. The Japanese Tattoo. Buruma, Ian, photographer.
(Illus.). 120p. 1990. $22.50. (ISBN 0-8348-0228-7). Weatherhill, Inc.

Rosen, Jerry. Tattoo Interview. 1992. $14.95. (ISBN 0-86719-387-5). Last
Gasp Eco-Funnies, Inc.

Sanders, Clinton R. Customizing the Body: The Art & Culture of
Tattooing. (Illus.). 224p. 1989. $29.95. (ISBN 0-87722-575-3). Temple
University Press.
Review: One of the only academically recognized books without an agenda
against tattooing.

Schwartz, Paul. The Tattoo Buyer's Guide: A Complete & Candid Guide to
Getting a Great Tattoo. (Illus.). 57p. (Orig.). 1993. Paper. $6.95.
(ISBN 0-9635778-0-8). Alter Ego Press.

Spaulding, Huck. Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing.
Naydan, Ted, illustrator. (Illus.). 141p. 1988. $45.00. (ISBN
0-929719-00-X). Spaulding & Rogers Manufacturing, Inc.

Stine, Megan. Tattoo Mania: The Newest Craze in Wearable Art. Juv (gr.
1-3) 1993. Paper. $5.99. (ISBN 0-553-48144-4). Bantam Books, Inc.

Thompson, Earl. Tattoo. 704p. 1991. Paper. $6.95. (ISBN 0-88184-727-5).
Carroll & Graf Publishers.

Wroblewski, Chris. Skin Shows: The Art of Tattoo. (Illus.). 118p. 1991.
Paper. $19.95. (ISBN 0-86369-272-9, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing

Wroblewski, Chris. Skin Shows II: The Art of Tattoo. (Illus.). 130p.
Paper. $19.95. (ISBN 0-86369-517-5, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing

Wroblewski, Chris. Tattooed Women. (Illus.). 128p. 1992. Paper. $19.95.
(ISBN 0-86369-524-8, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing Group.

Marks of civilization : artistic transformations of the human body.
Arnold Rubin, editor. 279p. 1988. Museum of Cultural History, University
of California, Los Angeles. Bibliography: p. 265-276. 

Modern Primitives. V. Vale and Andrea Juno, editors. (Illus.) [216]p.
1989. Paper. Index. #12 in the Re/Search series. Orders: SASE to
Re/Search Publications, 20 Romolo #B, San Francisco, CA  94133.
Review: If you are interested in bodyart as a whole beyond tattoos, this
is the one book that you should have in your reference collection. The
book is a collection of interviews and write-ups about a very wide
spectrum, including the opener on Fakir Musafar (he is THE bodyart god,
IMHO), sword swallowing, Polynesian tattoos, pierces, cuttings, etc. The
section on body piercing complements Ardvark's FAQ, and has
illustrations on exactly WHERE those darned genital pierces are supposed
to go. Important note: This book is not for the faint-at-heart. Some of
the information and text contained are very graphic--an assumption can
be made that those wanting to read the book are already USED to small
tattoos and nipple pierces. There is a graphic photo of a bifurcated
penis, for example. You have been duly warned.

Richter, Stefan. Tattoo. (Illus.). 158p. 1985. Quartet.

Richie, Donald. The Japanese tattoo. Ian Buruma, photos. (Illus.). 115p.
1980. Weatherhill

Robley, Horatio Gordon. Moko; or, Maori tattooing. (Illus.). 216p. 1987.
Southern Reprints.

Stewart, Samuel. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the
Tattoo with Gangs, Sailors, and Street-Corner Punks. (1950-1965).
Review by Lance Bailey (
  Instead of a well-written mature examination of tattoos and society,
we instead find Steward's full of misconceptions, incorrect facts and a
dedication to link tattoos and gay sex.
  Presented as a formal study, Stewart claims that "it is perhaps the
only volume on tattooing not dependent on tattoo photographs to boost
sales." He however commits one of the writer's worst crimes by talking
down to the reader.
  The book is sprinkled liberally with street slang instead of the
language of a serious study. Worse, however is the gross inaccuracies in
the book. Two examples:
1: Through out the book Steward presents himself, or rather his
pseudonym Phil Sparrow, as the best tattooist in Chicago whilst he
practised there. His comments on tattoos become amusing in this light
and on "Famous tattoos" he comments: "The second of the legendary
tattoos is a 'pack of hounds chasing a fox down across a person's back,'
with the fox disapearing in the a convenient burrow...At any rate,
although thousands of persons have said they have seen such a tattoo, it
is hardly reasonable that I should never have seen one in 18 years and
over a hundred persons." Well, Mr Sparrow should pick up a copy of "Art,
sex, and symbol:  the mystery of tattooing (1986)" which has several
pictures of tattoos on that very theme.
2: In his section on tattooing the drunk, he says he did not mind
working on someone who'd had a few drinks for courage, but the truly
intoxicated should not be tattooed because "a drunk cannot sit
still...he is very likely to get sick suddenly... [and] the choice of
design selected was regretted as soon as they became sober. Steward
seems to be completely ignorant of the fact that alcohol is an
anti-coagulant and a single beer can make someone bleed like a stuck

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