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The Polynesian Tattoo Today

  • Tattooist and historian Tricia Allen's extensive research, travel, and networks within the Pacific make this collection a "Must have" for anyone with an interest in body art.
  • This compilation of over 200 images presents some of the finest work being done both in the islands and abroad.
  • . In addition, thirty of today's top tattooists are featured, presenting their personal histories and philosophical approaches to their work.
  • 296 pages Full-color
Polynesian tattooing has enjoyed a robust revival in recent decades. This compilation of over 200 images presents some of the finest work being done both in the islands and abroad. In addition, thirty of today's top tattooists are featured, presenting their personal histories and philosophical approaches to their work. Tattooist and historian Tricia Allen's extensive research, travel, and networks within the Pacific make this collection a "Must have" for anyone with an interest in body art. 296 pages Full-color

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The Art and Science of Modern Tattooing

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The Art and Science of Modern Tattooing is one of the most comprehensive reference manuals ever written on the craft of tattooing. Erick Alayon has been Tattoo professionally since 1988, no other tattooing instruction author can say that! This book loaded with tips, tricks and techniques that would take years to figure out on your own. Inside you will learn everything you need to know about tattoo machines, springs, coils, frames, and more! Written for the beginner and professional alike. This book is destined to become and industry standard.

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  1. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sampling of masterpieces, May 27, 2010
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    J. Leigh “JL” (hawaii) –
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    This review is from: The Polynesian Tattoo Today (Paperback)
    Other than the bios of the artists at the end of the book there are few words in this book.
    Each page contains a crisp full color photograph of a tattoo adorned figure with a short caption highlighting the most notable aspect of the work. There are no detailed descriptions of the symbolism behind the works of art. That would not be entirely useful given many symbols have a base meaning and then a derived meaning for the individual.

    Instead the greatest value of this book is that the author has curated some of the best works spanning the full gamut of polynesian styles- Marquesan, Maori, Samoan, Tongan. This makes it an excellent resource for anyone planning to have one done and needs a strong set of examples to draw from. It is certainly better than hunting for images that are haphazardly strewn over the Internet.

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  2. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Top-notch for comparative tattoo studies, April 2, 2010
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    Anselm Engle (Sacramento, CA) –
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    This review is from: The Polynesian Tattoo Today (Paperback)
    Allen has outdone herself with The Polynesian Tattoo Today. Primarily, this is a picture book full of crisp, clear pictures of amazing art, accompanied by short captions with information on the cultural style, the artist and (where available) the wearer of all the art.

    But wait- there’s more! At the end of the book is a series of artist profiles, focusing on the artists who have the most work displayed in the book. Primarily, these artists are native to Polynesia, though many cultures and nationalities are represented.

    Following that, is an index with artist contact information, and page numbers to their work in the body of the text. This means that you can find a piece you like, look up the artists, look at what else they have in the book, and then contact them.

    Overall, this book is an excellent image collection representing the best and widest spectrum of Polynesian and Polynesian-style tattoo today.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book about Polynesian Tattoo’s history…, December 6, 2010
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    K. Phillips “Koa” (Hawaii) –
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    This review is from: The Polynesian Tattoo Today (Paperback)
    I personally own two of Tricia’s books. She has a lot of knowledge on the subject and also has tons of interesting pictures within the text. Many of the artist featured in the book are top-notch and professionals. This is a definate buy for anyone interested in learning more about Polynesian tattoos.

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  4. 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best so far…, April 10, 2007
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    C.D. “Oi Gal” (KY, USA) –

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    This review is from: The Art and Science of Modern Tattooing (Paperback)
    There just aren’t many comprehensive guides to tattooing that are worth a darn, but this has been one of the best I’ve seen so far. He seems very frank and down-to-earth in his approach. The section on breaking down your machine and function of each individual part was very beneficial to me. Everything is clearly explained in layman’s terms. I did find myself pondering about his political affiliation with some of the text clips and asatru quotes, but who cares really? The point is, this book was very useful and has helped me get a better understanding of my machine, commonly used techniques, etc. I also like how it dispells some of the myths of learning to tattoo. I would recommend it to the beginner or apprentice as required reading. You can teach people HOW to tattoo, but they will only BE tattoo artists if they immerse themselves in the art. The only section that seemed to be lacking a bit was on sterilization. However, he stresses that you must check with your local board of health in order to be 100% sure of the state-to-state requirements. I would have liked to see more tips on keeping your workstation sterile. Overall, this book was great and kudos to this guy for having the cojones to write it.

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  5. 17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Wonderful!, August 19, 2007
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    This review is from: The Art and Science of Modern Tattooing (Paperback)
    This book is a great addition to any library. I found it refreshing to see someone shed some light into the secretive life of the tattoo artist, which unfortunately is a “no no” for the tattoo world. I agree with the author whole heartedly that knowledge should be shared no matter what the subject matter may be, otherwise how is it to be improved? I found the tattoo information to be accurate and useful and I loved his comment “A book does not make a cook” nor does a tattoo book make a tattoo artist BUT it is nice to have such an in depth and down to earth peek inside the technical aspect of the artform, as well as some good information on what to do and not to do while tattooing. The only thing I would change about the book is it’s cover, I would have loved to see a cool tattoo design from the author/artist here. They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and with this one it is so true. BUY THIS BOOK you will learn something and enjoy the information. The author talks to you, not down to you and I find that rather refreshing.

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  6. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    liked it, December 23, 2009
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    April Demetropolis “April Demetropolis” (salt lake city utah usa) –
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    This review is from: The Art and Science of Modern Tattooing (Paperback)
    the book was full of great info for a beggining artist like myself it helped me fine tune my machines to achive the best penetration for my taste. I do however dissagree on the statement where he said not to use grape fruit to practice… I use pumpkins, gords, water melons and things like this to warm up, yes its true its nothing like skin but it’s a good warm up getting used to the feel of the machine its self before putting it to skin unknowinly of how it will feel to you is a bad idea if you ask me. It’s a great boost of muscle memory when you havent done a tottoo in a while and you willget to warm up with some straight lines and stuff like that

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