If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you’re not alone. In fact, one in five U.S. adults have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center report. And that number is only going up, with a reported 36% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 saying they have at least one tattoo.
With such a popular body art choice, it’s no wonder there are so many books about tattoos. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, tattoo history or how-to guides, here are some of the best books about tattoos:
Inked: The History of Tattoos, by Eric Kristensen
This book explores the history of tattoos, from their origins with early cultures to their modern-day popularity. Kristensen takes a look at the motivations behind why people get tattoos, as well as the social and cultural implications of this body art form.
Skin Deep: The Tattoo in Contemporary Culture, by Margot Mifflin
In Skin Deep, Mifflin examines our current obsession with tattoos and what they say about our society. She interviews tattoo artists and collectors, and looks at how tattoos have been portrayed in the media.
The Tattoo, by Amy Shriver
This book is part memoir, part how-to guide for anyone considering getting a tattoo. Shriver chronicles her own experiences with tattoos, and includes interviews with tattoo artists and historians. She also offers advice on everything from choosing the right design to taking care of your tattoo.
The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo, by Terisa Green
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about getting a tattoo, from choosing the right design to aftercare. Green includes information on the different types of tattoos, as well as interviews with tattoo artists and collectors.
Tattoo: An Illustrated History, by Michelle Delarue
This book traces the history of tattoos from their earliest origins to the present day. Delarue looks at the motivations behind why people get tattoos, as well as the social and cultural implications of this body art form.
So, whether you’re looking for inspiration, history or how-to information, these books about tattoos have got you covered.