Yesterday I was browsing through the bookstore and noticed Tattoo Sourcebook: Pick and Choose from Thousands of the Hottest Tattoo Designs on a clearance shelf. I was intrigued by the concept–a large, “coffee table” style book with page after page of tattoo flash, ready, says the book, to take to your favorite tattoo artist.
I browsed through the book to see what the TattooFinder web site felt worthy of publication. I’ve visited that site, and they have a huge collection of flash of all styles and extremely variable quality. The images are for sale, so they are copy protected by Flash animation of black bars that scroll through the designs when you click to enlarge the thumbnails (the thumbnails themselves are watermarked). I completely understand why they do this, but it makes it difficult to see the details and decide whether you want to make the purchase.
The book was an extremely mixed bag. Some of the artwork was very good indeed, but all too much of it was amateurish at best, and I was left wondering how intoxicated one would have to be to allow it to be applied. Perhaps that’s why it’s on the clearance shelf. Amazon notes that it’s “currently unavailable” but it is available through other sellers (you can click on the title of the book above to get more information on that).
I’d be interested in a sourcebook full of great art (I am still thinking of getting a bracelet done) but I don’t know if I’d buy a book whose images are so varied in quality. Have any of you seen the book? What do you think?I hope you'll submit my posts to your favorite social media sites. Just don't "submit" them to your own site pretending to be yours. Thanks!