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26 Best Tattoo Books of All Time (Top Books)

Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Tattoo books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Tattoo books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4

    The World Atlas of Tattoo

    Anna Felicity Friedman

    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 7

    Bodies of Subversion

    Margot Mifflin

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 26

    Tattoo Sourcebook


    Appears in 2 articles


  • How was this best Tattoo books list created?

    We searched for "best Tattoo books", found the top 5 articles, took all tattoo books mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings to find the best ones on the subject. We hope this is a list real tattooers can vouch for.

  • Can you teach yourself tattoo?

    Yes, you can. There are a few ways to start doing this. You can either find online tutorials or tattoo books (hint hint) that will walk you through the tattoo design process step by step, try to look for an author with experience of course. You could also look for tattoos video tutorials/ interviews on YouTube. Or, you could attend a tattoo art workshop. If you choose to go the route of learning on your own, it is important to be extra vigilant in making sure that you sterilize all of your supplies and practice good hygiene habits. It is also imperative that you do your research to make sure that you are using the best possible information and products available to avoid any infections or other complications. Finally, it is always best to have someone check your work before you proceed with the tattooing process.

  • What is the best thing to practice tattooing on?

    There is no easy answer when it comes to the best thing to start tattooing on (and some of our tattoo books surely have recommendations). There are a few different products that can be used for practice, but it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer to start with fruit or vegetables, while others find that synthetic skin is the best option. See all for yourself to find which one will become your favorite.

  • Why can't I add any of these books to a shopping cart?

    Our number one rule is "don't try to out-Amazon Amazon". So we don't have all those different features you can already see on the Amazon site (such as get a purchase, author pages, latest news, the ability to post product reviews, book in any language other than english, etc...) However, every item on our list has a link to buy on Amazon (this way we can focus on what we do best... Building a great list!)

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