I am always on the lookout for books about tattooing and other forms of body art.
Unfortunately, all too many of the ones I’ve seen seem to be written in a “capitalize on this fad before it passes” frenzy, and are thus woefully short on real information and long on ick-factor photos. Let’s face it, folks, if you want to see the huge spectrum of body modification in all its glory, you can check out the BMEzine web site. (Be warned, that site goes into graphic detail about everything under the sun–fascinating to read, but you don’t want to be caught checking it out at work.)
And, of course, most public libraries have limited budgets and have to pick and choose among the books available on all topics, so what you might find in any given library system might well be aimed for the “You might think you want to do this, but you really don’t” teen audience (books that are going to be bought by parents to give to teens, is what it amounts to).
I like to read. I’ve been reading since I was two years old, according to my parents. So for me, the first step in any new endeavor is to try to find good books on the subject and see what it’s all about before I take the plunge. But how on earth can one find good books on tattooing and body art without spending a fortune and maybe getting a shelf full of duds? Reading the book reviews on Amazon is confusing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a set of reviews where everyone agrees. Some people are really enthusiastic about books that other people only grudgingly give one star, and that’s because half stars aren’t possible. Which people would I agree with if I read the book? Who knows?
I’m actually thinking that one possible answer is to write my own book–now, to figure out where on earth to do the research. 🙂
Oh, one amusing note: When I was browsing Amazon, I found some “sexy lower back temporary tattoos” for sale. My multicolored daughter informs me that those tattoos are referred to as “butt antlers.”