The charismatic Kat Von D, the star of LA Ink, with writer Anthony Bozza (author of best-sellers "Slash" and "Tommyland") opens the door to the world of contemporary tattooing, the way only a true insider can. The book will be targeted to the tattoo audience, particularly the younger demographic that actively gets tattoos. It will include Kat's story, what inspires her, information about her show and her shop, her sketches, and her personal tattoos (she's a walking tattoo). The thrust of the book is on her point of view on tattooing now: the work she finds inspirational, past and present; great tattoo artists, from a classic artist like Sailor Jerry to people she admires who are working around the world.The book will feature the work of and profiles of/interviews with a range of contemporary tattoo artists. It will also include lots of profiles of /interviews with people who have interesting tattoos and all the stories behind them, which is a very intriguing aspect of her show. The book will have a strong voyeuristic, human interest factor along with a wealth of great line art and photography, which is being shot for the book by Lionel Deloy. Finally, the book will include humourous visual thematic portfolios of Kat's work and aspects of tattooing she finds compelling. The examples include: Kat's portrait tattoos (for which she is famous); great work in typography, back pieces, memorials, body suits, and more.
This is a lush publication and full of glossy photographs. Kat Von D is an accomplished portrait tattoo artist and it shows in this book. However, this book is aimed at a younger, less-experienced tattoo audience as it has silly things like Kat Von D's favourite bands, the things which inspire her, and bad grammar. It reads like a Girlfriend magazine more than an in-depth treatment of contemporary body modification culture. It's full of beautiful people, which is how Kat Von D probably wanted it, and feels very 'Hollywood' i.e. fake and posed, not very natural. I'd say give this book a miss if you're already covered in tattoos like me or with an in-depth knowledge of body modification. But if you're between the ages of 12 and 25, with little experience in the world of tattooing, and a fan of shows like Maimi Ink or Von D's own LA Ink, I say go for it. At the very least, it makes an attractive coffee table addition.
Beautifully put together & very Hollywood. It would be a must-have for a fan, though don't expect to learn anything! If you're really into tattoos, the only new thing is explanations of every single tattoo she has. Otherwise, the general info is simple and more aimed at teenage fans. Furthermore it is supposed to be her autobiography, but it doesn't go into detail about any relationships: romantic, friendship, workmates or otherwise. It's definitely not a bad book but it is a bit lacking in depth.
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