HARDY, Don Ed and others. Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of drawings for Tattoos.

(New York, NY and Honolulu): The Drawing Center and Hardy Marks Publications, 1995.  First edition.  Quarto.  128 pages.  Published to accompany the exhibition of the same title at The Drawing Center, New York, Sept 16- Nov, 11th, 1995.  Interesting volume that explores the development of the iconography of the tattoo and examines the age-old rite and tradition of embellishing the human body with images, words, and designs. Completely absorbing, the book traces the remarkable changes in tattoo styles and practices in the past several decades that have contributed significantly to this medium’s ever-growing popularity and diversity. Particularly fascinating is a chapter devoted to tattooed women that includes photographs from the turn of the century to the present.  As well as many illustrations the volume includes essays by Margo Demello, Alan B. Govenar, Don Ed Hardy, Michael McCabe, and Mark C. Taylor.  A very good plus copy in illustrated wrappers with integral flaps.


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