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A Life in Tattoos

Legendary Amsterdam tattoo artist and historian Henk Schiffmacher takes us on a personal journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s

Legendary Amsterdam tattoo artist and historian Henk Schiffmacher takes us on a personal journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s in this oversized book of stunning tattoo artefacts and designs. Showcasing over two hundred years of worldwide tattoo history, the book brings together the best of Schiffmacher’s renowned private collection with lively personal commentary by the art’s most beloved raconteur and philosopher.

“This book is so badass, loaded with fantastic shit from the history of tattooing that I’ve collected over 40 years. There’s a lot of stuff in it that’s never been seen before. This has been a serious labor of love.”

— Henk Schiffmacher

TATTOO. 1730s-1970s. Henk Schiffmacher’s Private CollectionFamous First Edition: First printing of 10,000 numbered copies £ 125 BUY here

Legendary Amsterdam tattoo artist and historian Henk Schiffmacher takes us on a personal journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s

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