Tatoues, qui etes vous? [Tattooed, who are you?] (C. Bruno, 1974)


A pioneer of body art, Bruno is also the first tattoo artist in Paris. It was in 1960 that Bruno opened the doors of the very first tattoo studio in Paris. At the time, the discipline is still marginal. The tools of the tattooist were rudimentary, hygiene conditions were not always ideal. But Bruno stands out from underground tattoo artists and other counter artists by offering a true artistic vision and professional work. "Tattooed, who are you? will serve as a reference for a future generation.


Irezumi Japanese Tattooing (Ichiro Morita, 1966)


Limited Edition of 1966, the first photo book about Japanese Tattooing. The author is photographer, Ichiro Morita, with an introductory Essay by Donald Richie. Japanese and English.

This book was re-evaluated from the viewpoint of customs, psychology, art from the tattoo of Japan, pursuing the art of tattoo. The commentary stated the meaning of tattoo, what kind of people were tattooing at that time, etc. It is one book deepening about Japanese tattoo further.


Art, sex and symbol: the mystery of tattooing (R. W. B. Scutt & Christopher Gotch, 1974)

Pierced hearts and true love; an illustrated history of the origin and development of European tattooing and a survey of its present state (Hanns Ebensten, 1953)

Memoirs of a tattooist (George Burchett, 1958)


Expelled from school at the age of twelve for tattooing his classmates, George Burchett-Davis joined the Royal Navy against his parents wishes a year later. His skills were encouraged during his travels, and honed by his exposure to the masters of Asia. He jumped ship in Jaffa, finding the navy to be too disciplined for his lifestyle, only returning to England twelve years later, his name shortened to avoid charges of desertion. With clients ranging from European monarchs (including the ‘Sailor King’ George V) to transient seamen, George Burchett was deemed the 'King of Tattooists,” continuing his art until his sudden death in 1953. This is the first edition of his collected memoirs, published five years posthumously.