The Tattoo Dictionary* by Trent Aitken-Smith and Ashley Tyson
"Discover the true meanings behind over 200 popular tattoos with this comprehensive book, illustrated with over 100 tattoo designs.
From sailors' swallows and Mexican skulls to prisoners' barbed wire and intricate Maori patterns, tattoos have been used as a means of communication by cultures all over the world for thousands of years.
Through meticulous research, The Tattoo Dictionary uncovers the fascinating origins of the most popular symbols in tattoo history, revealing their hidden meanings and the long-forgotten stories behind them. This beautifully packaged book is an inspiring look at tattoo culture, and an indispensable guide to choosing your own tattoo".
I'm not going to do much of a review for this as the blurb above sort of says it all and I thought I would let the pictures do most of the talking for this one.
It's a book filled with the most beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that are so simple, yet so stunning, of tattoos. Every design you can think of, from way back when, up until what is popular now. Beside each drawing is the history behind the tattoo design, sometimes the meaning as well.
It's simply a must have book if you love tattoo's or especially if your thinking of getting one, as this will be your greatest source of inspiration, its like one big massive pinterest board, yet somehow even better.
I love this book so much and I have kept going back to it, re-reading and looking over my favourite images since I first got it too, its definitely one that you will always find yourself referencing.
Such a really unique and special book....
You can buy it on Amazon.