Contextual in the sense that the purpose is to record
accurately, not just display.
Scholarly treatment of Tattoo. "...text may outweigh pictures...(Jane
These books are oriented to a scholarly and accurate treatment of
with related subjects, and as such,
as Jane Caplan says in Written on the Body,
"...text may outweigh pictures. .."
"I read them all, not just sell them." Wes
-- Order The Blue Tattoo by Margot Mifflin, just added.
If you haven't met Olive Oatman yet, (captured by Indians in 1851) you
should get to know her and those times. An engagingly written historical narrative.
Fluctuating prices based on availability and scarcity.
Anyone interested in Tattoo as subject would become familiar with
some of these books,
especially Jane Caplan, Nicholas Thomas, Lars Krutak, Alfred Gell, Steve Gilbert, Tricia Allen, and Awekotuku. Wes Wood
Patterns that Connect
Unimax No. KTAT2173
Whether you accept the argument that motifs are
related cross-culturally through time, and in different art
forms, it stops and make you think as well as perhaps "read" the
motifs whether they appear on pottery or body art.
Written on the Body
Jane Caplan, Ed.
Unimax No. KTAT2117
The West from Antiquity to the present.
Europe and the West from an historical perspective.
If you only buy one book on Tattoo in the West, this is it. Wes Wood
Wrapping in Images
Unimax No. KTAT2126
A starting place for understanding the unique integrated role
tattoo had within Polynesian society, compiled and analyzed from
historical records, including their errors.
Unimax No. KTAT2138
New Zealand Maori
"...the closest there has ever been to a 'complete' book on Moko."
Tattoo, Bodies, Art, and Exchange in the Pacific and the West
Nicholas Thomas, Ed,
Unimax No. KTAT2109
Pacific Past and Present including good sections discussing the
effect Pacific tattoo had on western visitors and vice versa.
Arts of Tribal Women Lars Krutak
Unimax No. KTAT2125 $38.49
An unexplored subject documenting the extensive
role women had in tattoo around the world. Includes unique coverage of
The History of Tattooing
Wilfrid Dyson Hambly (1925)
Unimax No. KTAT2129, $14.95
1925 survey was after a significant amount of fieldwork which
was thought to be marking the end of Pacific tattooing.
Selected Conference Papers on Tattoo & Body Ornamentation
Easter Island Foundation Books
Unimax No. KTAT2123,
Photocopied and bound
for Unimax by Easter Island and Hawai'i Foundation Books.
Tattooing in the Marquesas
Willowdean Chatterson Handy
Unimax No. KTAT2128, $6.95
In 1921 there was a rush to document what was thought to be the end of
native Pacific cultures.
John A. Rush
Unimax No. KTAT2110
Sociology, psychology and mysticism together with
non-flattering interpretation of the bizarre art of tattoo.
Unimax No. KTAT2132
World Tattoo History
in broad strokes and selective details.
The World of Tattoo
by Maarten Hesselt van Dinter
Unimax No. KTAT2167
Many first-time published illustrations.
An emphasis on cross-cultural influences
and an effort to create some continuity.
Most thorough treatment around.
Moko or Maori Tattooing
Horation Gordon Robley
Unimax No. KTAT2121,
Historical Maori classic published in 1896
Tattooing in the Marshall Islands
Dirk H.R. Spennemann
Unimax No. KTAT2116
Heavy illustrations detailing the iconography of the
by Mick Pendergrast
Unimax No. KTAT2135
The Polynesian Tattoo Today
Unimax No. KTAT2118
First Edition: $44.00
Filled with photos illustrating the iconography and styles of
the new Pacific tattoo, Today.
Tattoo Traditions of
Unimax No. KTAT2130
Past to Present with historical illustrations and
Tattoo an Anthropology
Unimax No. KTAT2120
Anthropology dealing with contemporary Samoan tattoo
practices and culture.
Bodies of Inscription
Unimax No. KTAT2133
Cultural anthropology looking backwards trying to
synthesize a coherent road leading to today's scene.
Need to Know:
by Paul Mason
for juvenile study? This
"children's" book from the UK is beyond the bounds of
decency and is included as a disgrace. Read my comments. (WesWood)
Bodies of Subversion
by Margot Mifflin
Many of these women from the 60's to 90's are well known and
still tattooing who found tattoo made them fully human,
whole.Tattoo enabled them to return the gaze. (Wes Wood)
Artifacts: Life in the Pacific of the 1700s
Museum 3 Vol. Set
Unimax No. KETH1225
Museum Artifacts Exhibition, only one or two pictures of
The Pacific Arts of Polynesia &
Adrienne L. Kaeppler
Unimax No. KART1253
Pacific Arts. Not a tattoo artifact book, but the arts
of the Pacific.
and the Exploration
of the Pacific
Currently we have an unused copy for sale.
Background material to contextualize the Pacific artifacts
brought back on Cook's voyages.
Tattooing the World Over
Unimax No. KTAT2134
Once Were Warriors
Unimax No. KTAT2137
Zealand film. Heart-wrenching fiction.
Modern generation caught unable
to recreate the proud past in the very different present.
Bodies Under Siege
by Armando R. Favazza, M.D.
Unimax No. KPSY1001,
The First comprehensive look at
self-mutilation by professor Favazza.
Epilogue by Fakir Musafar
Religion, Dress and the Body
Linda B. Arthur, Editor
Unimax No. KREL1227, $28.95
The articles are about dress but can amplify tattoo with some good insights.
Identifying Marks: Race, Gender and the
by Jennifer Putzi
defining examination of what marks and how marks shape life
through examination of literature, reality and insights.
Sea of Dangers
A Great reading narrative of Capt. Cook's
first voyage but sadly, everything tattoo is left out. Interesting,
exciting easy reading voyage.
You will appreciate the hardships and challenges of the courageous
The Blue Tattoo
by Margot Mifflin
Unimax No. KTAT2171
engrossing and lively narrative that paints a different picture of the
Mohave Indians, the expansionist Whites and the captivity of Olive
Oatman. Not about tattoo as such but a must read to be exposed to an
appreciation and understanding of our past. (Wes Wood)