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Body Decoration, Tattooing and Piercing

Are you interested in body decoration, tattoos, Mehndi or body piercing? Then you will find this guide useful.


Please note that most of this material is available fro use in the Library of Birmingham only. Where indicated lending copies are available. Please ask your local library or check the Library Catalogue for more information.


A collection of 66 mounted illustrations on the subject of tattoos are available.

ANDRICH, Tom
Decorate yourself, cool designs for temporary tattoos, face painting, henna and more, 2003
Lending copies only

Birmingham City Council
Guidance for persons carrying out the activity of tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture, cosmetic body piercing and micropigmentation
Local Studies LP46.81

BRAIN, Robert
The Decorated body, 1979
ALL A709.011

BURCHETT, George
Memoirs of a tattooist : from the notes, diaries and letters of the late King of Tattooists George Burchett, 1958
ALL A391.65

CAPLAN, Jane
Written on the body: the tattoo in European and American History, 2000
ALL A391.6509409

CLAYBOURNE, Anna
Body Painting, 2004 & 2005
Lending copies only

CLAYBOURNE, Anna
Piercing, 2004 & 2005
Lending copies only

CLERK, Carol
Vintage Tattoos A sourcebook for old-school designs and tattoo artists
ALL A391.65
Lending copies available

COOTE, Jeremy
Body adornment from A to Z, 1991
ALL EC 17618

DeMELLO, Margo
Encyclopedia of body adornment, 2007
ALL 391.6503 Fashion Collection

DE NEGRI, Eve
Nigerian Body Adornment
ALL A391.09669

EBIN, Victoria
The Body decorated, 1979
ALL A709.011

FERGUSON, Henry
500 Tattoo designs, 2004
ALL A391.65022

FISHER, Angela
Africa Adorned, 1987
ALL AF739.27096

GREEN, Terisa
Tattoo Encyclopedia: a guide to choosing your tattoo, 2003
ALL 391.6503
Lending copies available

GROGNARD, Catherine
The Tattoo : graffiti for the soul, 1994
Sutton Coldfield Reference Library

GRONING, Karl
Decorated skin: a world survey of body art, 1997 & 2001
ALL AF709.011 (1997)
Lending copy available

JAGUER, Jeff
The Tattoo : a pictorial history, 1990
ALL A391.65

KIRK, Malcolm
Man as art: New Guinea body decoration, 1981
ALL AF709.011

KITAMURA, Takahiro
Tattoos of the floating world, 2003
ALL AQ391.650952

KUWAHARA, Makiko
Tattoo an anthropology, 2005
ALL A391.6509962

LAUTMAN, Victoria
The New tattoo, 1994
ALL AQ391.65

LENARS, Charles
Ritual and seduction: the human body as art, 1980
ALL AQ709.011

MASON, Paul
Body piercing and tattooing, 2003
Lending copies only

MASON, Paul
Tattooing, 2004
Lending copies only

MILLER, Jean-Chris
The Body art book: a complete illustrated guide to tattoo's, piercings and other body modifications, 2004
Lending copies only

National Portrait Gallery
The pursuit of Beauty, five centuries of body adornment in Britain, 1997
ALL EC21540

NICHOLAS, Thomas
Tattoo, bodies, art and exchange in the Pacific and the West, 2005
ALL A391.65

OSULLJVAN, Tim
Expos: the art of tattoo, 1993
ALL AQ391.65

POLHEMUS, Ted
Hot bodies, cool styles: new techniques, 2004
ALL A391.6
Lending copies only

POWELL, Jillian
Body Decoration, 1994 & 2003,
ALL Q391.6 Fashion Collection
Lending copies available (2003)

RANDALL, Housk
Piercing: a modern anthology, 2002
ALL AQ391.65

REYNOLDS, Helen
A fashionable history of make-up and body decoration, 2003
Lending Copies Only

RICHTER, Stefan
Tattoo, 1985
ALL AF391.65

RIO, Dale
Tattoo, 2004
ALL AQ391.65

ROLLING STONE
Tattoo nation: portraits of celebrity body art, 2002
ALL AQ391.65

RUBIN, Arnold
Marks of civilization : artistic transformations of the human body, 1995
ALL AQ391.65

SCHIFFMACHER, Henk
Tattoos, 2001
ALL A391.65

SCUTT, R. W. B.
Art, sex and symbol : the mystery of tattoo, 2nd ed, 1986
ALL AQ391.65

THOZ, Michel
The Painted body : the illusions of reality, 1984
ALL AQ391.65

WROBLEWSKI, Chris
Skin shows II : the art of tattoo, 1991
ALL AQ391.65

WROBLEWSKI, Chris
Skin Shows: the tattoo bible, 2004
ALL A391.65

WROBLEWSKI, Chris
Tattooed women, 1992
ALL AQ391.65

Mehandi and Henna Designs

Mehndi design book
Lending copies only

Pakizah Mehandi:Arabic Henna Designs
Lending copy only

AGGARWAL, Kusum
Artistic mehndi design, 2005
Lending copies only

BAANO, Noor
Arabic heena design, 2005
Lending copies only

BANGUR, Pushplata
Gala Lajawab Arabic Heena Designs
ALL Ap646.727

BANGUR, Pushplata
Gala's nirali mehandi designs
Lending copy only

BANGUR, Pushplata
Mehandi designs (self practice), 1997
Lending copies only

BATRA, Sumita
The Art of mehndi, 1999
ALL 391.6

CHAUHAN, Pooja
Stylish Bindee and Peer
ALL Ap646..726
Lending copies available

DALVI, Bindu
Gala manmohak mehandi designs
ALL ApQ646.727
Lending copies available

DALVI, Bindu
Kalatmak mehandi designs
Lending copy only

FABIUS, Carine
Mehndi: the art of henna body painting
ALL A391.65
Lending copies available

GUPTA, Savita
Aakarshak Mehandi
Lending copy only

KUHNE, Sabine
Henna painting, 2000
ALL A391.6
Lending copies available

NASEEM, Amna
Exclusive Arabic Mehandi Designs Colourful Mehandi, Hina, Khoobsurat, Mehboob ki Mehandi, Nazrana
ALL AQ646.727
Lending copies available

PATEL, Chiral
Nikhar Arabic and traditional present-day mehandi designs, 2002
Lending copy only

PATEL, Chiral
Royal Mehandi designs, 2003
Lending copy only

PATEL, Kundan
Gala priyanshi Indo-Arabic mehandi designs, 2005
Lending copies only

RAJABALI, Nasreen
Memories of Mehndi
Lending copies only

SHAH, Nayana
Gala anupam mehandi designs, 2000
Lending copies only

SHAIKH, Y
Gala Yasmin Arabic Heena Designs
Lending copies only

SHALAKA
Art of Mehandi, 1997
Lending copies only

WEINBERG, Norma Pasekoff
Henna from head to toe! 2000
Lending copies only

Resources for Tattoo Design

If you are looking for a specific design or for inspiration then there are many resources available that you can turn to. You can draw on other traditional or contemporary aspects of design and decoration such as calligraphy, embroidery, drawing or painting to provide you with ideas. Below are suggested areas that may contain suitable design ideas. To get you started here is a selection of available material.

Calligraphy

GRAPHIC ARTS ARCHIV
E
Book of Victorian Alphabets and Designs
ALL Q745.6

HARVEY,
Michael
Creative lettering
ALL Q745.6

SOLO, Dan
Art nouveau display alphabets
ALL Q745.6

SUZUKI, Yuuko
Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy
ALL 745.619956

TAKAHASHI, Kiyoshi
850 Calligraphic Ornaments for designers and craftsmen
ALL Q745.6


Design

SLOSS, Andy
How to draw Celtic Knotwork
ALL 743.89745441
Lending Copy Available

WILSON, EVA
Roman Designs
ALL Q745.44937
Lending Copy Available

ZACZEK, Iain
Celtic Design: a sourcebook of patterns and motifs
ALL Q745.449364
Lending Copy Available


Drawing

COWAN, Finlay
Drawing and Painting Fantasy Figures
ALL 743.8 Starting Point
Lending Copies Available


SIMPSON, Terence
The Cartoonists Bible
ALL 741.5
Lending Copies Available


Embroidery


GOSTELOW, Mary
Embroidery: traditional designs, techniques and patterns
ALL Q746.44

WILKINS, Lesley
Traditional Blackwork Samplers
ALL 746.44


Painting

LONG, Jean
Chinese painting techniques
751.4251
Lending Copies Available



Internet Resources

Please note that this list has not been updated since it was originally published, so some links may be out of date.

www.hennapage.com/
The Henna Page is an educational resource devoted to the history, traditions, techniques, science and art of Henna, and is part of a site group devoted to Henna and related arts.

www.tattoo.co.uk/
The official web site of the Tattoo Club of Great Britain.

www.mehandi.com
A collection of resources relating to Mehandi and Henna.

http://www.tattoodesigns.org.uk/
you can join in tattoo discussions, view different tattoo photos and listen to the story behind different peoples tattoos

www.creation-zone.co.uk
The image bank on this web site consists of thousands of digitised images from material held in the Arts, Languages and Literature Library.

http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/helpwithyourcareer/jobprofiles/profiles/profile1091/
Careers advice tattooist

http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/helpwithyourcareer/jobprofiles/profiles/profile1273
Careers advice body piercing

www.careers-scotland.org.uk/CareerInformation/Occupations/HairdressingandBeauty/Beauty/Tattooist.asp
This site is aimed at those located in Scotland but it does provide a useful introduction to the work of tattoist.

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