100 Years of Tattoos

The NSFW visual history tracks the ever-changing nature of body art, from marks of protest to mainstream obsession

While last year’s Artbook/D.A.P. book “Tattoo” explored the art form’s global beginnings and its many cultural expressions, a new book, “100 Years of Tattoos,” focuses the lens on the recent history of body art. The meaning of tattoos—and the attitudes and perceptions surrounding them—has shifted rapidly as different generations experience changes in politics, beliefs and fashion, and author David McComb has put together a captivating …

Tattoo Book

A wide look at aesthetics in contemporary tattooing and the art form's global history

It’s estimated that one in four Americans has at least one tattoo. Once associated with criminality (at least in certain cultures), tattoos have become overwhelmingly common. This is not new news. Taking a deeper look into the phenomenon, contemporary tattooing and the art form’s more global beginnings is “Tattoo,” a new book published to accompany an exhibition at Paris’ Musée du Quai Branly. While there …

Interview: Marisa Kakoulas and Margot Mifflin on Tattooing in the New Millennium

We speak with the two experts on women in the industry on the eve of their Powerhouse Arena panel discussion

All things counter culture reach a point of popularity where they cease to exist exclusively in the peripherysome just take longer than others to reach the tipping point. Tattooing, for example, has existed for thousands of years, yet only in the past few decades has its popularity increased seemingly to a point of no return. However abundant tattoos may have become, many will argue a …