Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

I promised you two book reviews this week, and two you will get. Today, I managed to get through Lal Hardy’s brand new book, The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art.

In a word, it’s fabulous. But I know you’re not here for just one word.

This book follows on the same sort of format his last book, The Mammoth Book of Tattoos, did- there’s a fascinating intro, then lots of brilliantly executed and photographed tattoos, with a small piece of information from Lal about each tattooer who is featured. There’s no need to fix what ain’t broke, which is why this still works brilliantly well for this second book, too.

The artists featured in it are great- and plentiful. It’d take me the rest of the evening to write down everyone who is featured in this book, but some of my favourites included Andrea Afferni, Diego Azaldegui, Paul Scarrot and Sarah Schor. Some artists appeared in the first book, but the work is so great you don’t even mind.

I really enjoyed reading Lal’s foreword, too, in which he talked about the changing attitudes around tattooing, and why he thinks that things are changing constantly. I’d say this would be a great book for someone who is fairly new to tattoos, but those who’ve stuck around a while will also love it too!

Lal’s book was out just yesterday, and it’s available to buy online from this list of websites. Many thanks to the publishers, Constable & Robinson, for the review copy!


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