This book proves there’s nothing ‘modern’ about tattooing

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

In 2017, you may look at representations of tattooing in the media and presume it’s nothing more than a 21st century trend.

Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. The truth is, tattooing is one of our most ancient and scared traditions – something humans have been practicing for thousands of years. This rich history of tattooing is something that London-based tattooist Lal Hardy and art historian Matt Lodder are committed to conveying through their work.

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany, created by Lal and with a foreword by Matt, delves into the world of tattoo collectibles and memorabilia. Featuring items from private archives, this new book reveals the fascinating hidden world of tattoos, past and present.

Including previously unpublished photography and anecdotes, Tattoo showcases the history of tattooing through a variety of items: from old hand-made tools, to stencils and flash art, to postcards, convention passes, business cards and much more.

Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

About the author

Lal Hardy was born in London in 1958. He took an interest in tattooing during the Teddy Boy revival of the mid-1970s.

In 1976 he received his first tattoo, a panther’s head and dagger, from Dave Cash in Wood Green, London. By 1978, Hardy was tattooing from his home.

Photo: Lal Hardy

Photo: Lal Hardy

Photo: Lal Hardy

Photo: Lal Hardy

Then, in 1982, he made a leap of faith and opened New Wave Tattoo in Muswell Hill, North London, where he still tattoos to this day.

An avid collector of tattoos (from over 80 different artists) and tattoo memorabilia – and someone’s who witnessed the industry progress over the last few decades – Lal is the perfect person to put together this quality book that documents how tattooing has changed over the years.

Photo: Dr Matt Lodder

Photo: Dr Matt Lodder

Foreword by Matt Lodder

Dr. Matt Lodder is an expert on body art and body modification and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex.

Matt and Lal have also recently collaborated together as part of Matt’s tattoo art exhibition at The National Maritime Museum.

Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany is out now at RRP £20 and is available to buy on Amazon.

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

Photo: Tatttoo: An Illustrated Miscellany

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