The Tattoo History Source Book is an exhaustingly thorough, lavishly illustrated collection of historical records of tattooing throughout the world, from ancient times to the present. Collected together in one place, for the first time, are texts by explorers, journalists, physicians, psychiatrists, anthropologists, scholars, novelists, criminologists, and tattoo artists.

Prison Tattoos by Douglas Kent Hall

In prison, the tattoo stakes a claim to individuality. In Prison Tattoos, Douglas Hall Kent uses his camera as a sociologist's tool, photographing inmates from America's prisons whose tattoos, professionally done and homemade, indelibly imprint on their bodies what these men desire in their souls: autonomy and identity. Includes 80 pages of photos and a page of temporary tattoos.

The Total Tattoo Book by Amy Krakow

The most comprehensive book yet on this unique art form. Whether flaunted or hidden, sought as art or curiosity, the tattoo has left its mark on generations. From its beginnings as a pagan ornament to today's popular body art, this book takes an intriguing look at the world of tattoos. 150 photos.