Traditional American Tattoo Design: Where It Came from and Its Evolution

Pinned on March 22, 2013 at 11:33 am by Leslie McAllister

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Traditional American Tattoo Design: Where It Came from and Its Evolution

The evolution of tattoo art in America is spread before you in 265 impressive original tattoo flash sheets and insightful text written by a tattoo artist who has designed on his own since 1960. Military, religious, figural, animal, and nature themes are displayed among the many hundred designs. Changes in tattoo art over the years is shown as well as the trend today to return to earlier designs. Individual artists are listed, along with others who altered designs. This book will be an endless source of inspiration, for those who are passionate about tattoo art.

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Liz Rogers says:

Just okay I was expecting a book that described in detail the evolution of traditional american tattoo design. Instead it is just a published sketchbook of tattoos. I was hoping for symbolism, Sailor Jerry’s inspirations, etc.

Anonymous says:

This was a Christmas gift for my son, who is very interested in the history of tattoos and has had several done on himself in the past few years. He seemed to enjoy the book and I see him leafing through it again frequently. It was a good choice.

Anonymous says:

Sailor Jerry Swallow has now been tattooing over 50 years. In that time he has amassed a collection of drawings, sketches, and correspondences from tattooers around the globe. In the old days, tattooers didn’t have access to copy machines, fax machines and the like. If you wanted to share a great new design with a friend in another state or country you drew a sketch of it and mailed it to them. Sometimes a customer would come in with a cool tattoo and you would sketch it directly off of their skin.This book is a collection of sketches of classic tattoo designs along with notes about their origins and meanings. It is not a book filled with text of tattoo history. If you love classic tattoo flash, this book is for you.


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