Today I am reviewing a book that's close to my heart - because I love tattoos! I only have a few (I'd love a sleeve but they're too expensive) but I thought I'd show them to you to get into the spirit of the book!
I have both my children's names and DOB on my wrists, and on my left arm is a modified quote from children's book The Giving Tree. On my right arm is a quote for my dear Nanna, who I was extremely close to. She died a year ago. She was Italian, and roughly translated the quote says, 'Nanna: One who holds our hand for a while and our hearts forever'. She loved daisies and the colour purple :) I also have a small 'J' on the side of my hand, which is my husband's initial.
Anyway, on to the book! I received it from Carlton Books Ltd. in exchange for an honest review. This book, illustrated by Beverley Lawson, is absolutely stuffed with amazing tattoo art of all kinds, over 120 infact! There are so many beautiful ones it's hard to know where to begin; celtic, animals, tribal, mandalas, skulls, hearts, scrolls... the list goes on! There's something for everyone here, even those who don't like tattoos are sure to appreciate the stunning artwork on offer.
Paper quality is good- I tested Triplus, Stabilo and Edding markers without a problem, although Sharpies (as usual) do bleed.
There is an assortment of thick, bold borders and fine, delicate lines to the illustrations, so you can pick and choose your mediums with each design. There are so many different styles, you're definitely getting bang for your buck!
I particularly loved the animal tattoos, especially owls which there are a few of scattered in the book. Sugar skulls are another favourite of mine, and native American totems. Gah, I don't think there's one page in this book I don't love!
Take a look at my finished pages, they're beautiful if I do say so myself! I had so much fun colouring them (and filing some away for my future tattoos!)
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: