[alert variation=”alert-info”]Publisher: Promopress
Formats: Paperback
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This collection of photos showcased in Tattoo Magic, by Aymara Arreaza, of stunning tattoo artworks is bound by a small-to-medium sized trade paperback of disappointing design. The huge number of tattoos are simply lined up, page after page, with a very brief caption of two or three lines: one presumably giving the name of the tattoo studio, one the link to the website and the third a name—it is not certain whether the artist’s or the bearer of the tattoo. The book has no text but a short paragraph on the back or the back cover in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, explaining a little of this type of Japanese tattoo art called Irezumi.

“…the reader will discover the variety and beauty of the art of Japanese tattoo…”

The tattoos are so beautiful that they are elevated well above the ordinary tattoos you see on streets. They are true works of art, obviously costing significant time to produce. They appear on any part of the body, mostly large pieces of artwork, some covering virtually the entire body. Yet this is not enough: most readers would like to know a brief explanation of what we see. Six chapters at the end are labeled “Photographers” but the photos have no explanation whether these show photographers or tattoo artists.

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