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Over the past decade, tattoos have become one of the most popular forms of visual culture in the world. TTT: Tattoo is a survey of 250 of the best international tattooers working today. Included are established practitioners – Duncan X, Tomas Tomas, Scott Campbell, the Leu family, Stephanie Tamez – and lesser-known emerging talents, all of whom work towards pushing the boundaries of the art form. A selection of essays and features examines the history and scholarship of tattooing and reveals how it has evolved differently around the world. Exploring the connections between tattoo culture today and seminal figures and developments in the recent past, the book examines how the historical styles of this most enduring art form blend into new ones.
About the Authors:
TTTism is headed by Maxime Plescia-Buchi, a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans tattooing, typography, clothing design, creative direction, and publishing. He founded Sang Bleu in 2006, and, though it began as a highly influential avant-garde magazine, it has solidified as a global art project involving fashion, fine art, performance art, literature, sociology, and tattooing. Plescia-Buchi operates two tattoo studios, Sang Bleu London and Zurich, and helmed creative projects for industrial design company Gabriel Scott, musicians FKA Twigs and Kanye West, and Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot.
Nicholas Schonberger is an academic, journalist and author. His work on tattooing has informed museum exhibitions (notably ‘Skin and Bones: Tattoos and the American Sailor’ – Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, USA, October 2009 – February 2010), been featured in the popular press, and presented within scholarly contexts (Popular Culture Association). Since 2011, Schonberger has served as an editor at Sang Bleu, where his expertise in modern tattooing merges seamlessly with the London-based company’s contemporary focus.