Book Review: Art by Tattooists – Beyond Flash

Review by Christina Diaz

Author: Jo Waterhouse

Art By Tattooist

Highly skilled artists, many tattooists have moved beyond the artwork they draw on skin to create personal work on canvas. Art by Tattooists is the first book to showcase this art. The book features twenty-six international artists who use a variety of mediums, from ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, and oil to painting on wood and board, and even examples of tattoo-style street art and skateboard graphics. Many of the artists are heavily influenced by the imagery they use as tattooists — roses, hearts, skulls, scrolls, birds, pin-ups, etc. — and carry this into their personal work. Other work features colors, themes, or subject matter that is more subtly related to tattoo styles. Given the current popularity of all things tattoo-related, the book will have a wide appeal, not only to anyone interested in tattoo art and culture but also to artists, illustrators, designers, and students.

Get your copy at

Book Review: Art by Tattooists – Beyond Flash