Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Rituals, Pain and Egyptian Mummies – The Origins of Tattoo Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Whilst tattoos take many forms, from the embarrassing to the funny, here at Flame Tree we’re most interested in the art of tattoos. The relationship between visual art and the human body. Today we take a look at the origins of this unique art form, starting all the way back in the Bronze Age.

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Tattoo Art & Recent Popularity | Art Calendars

Posted by Matt Knight

Where do tattoos exist in today's society? The short answer could be: everywhere. Once consigned as the embellishments of rockstars and delinquents, tattoos have enjoyed a renaissance of late and now about 20% of adults have one. So what happened?

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Illustrated eBooks: Tattoo Art. iPad Ready

Posted by Catherine Taylor

We've just released a gorgeous new digital edition of our unrivalled book: Tattoo Art by Russ Thorne. 192pp pages of colour photographs, revealing brilliant tattoo designs from fabulous contemporary tattoo artists, photographed in style by the best photographers. It's available on the Apple iBookstore and is designed for the iPad Retina display which shows off the detailed and glorious art. We're very excited about it!

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Tattoo Art: Old School & New School

Posted by Matt Knight

Tattoo art, like most forms of art, covers an eclectic range of styles, subject matter and messages. Of these sub-categories, Old School is one of the most instantly recognisable. The clear lines and iconography relevant to sailing lore have evolved into a popular style for those with a love of inked skin. Conversely, style has evolved on the other end of the spectrum into what is being dubbed 'New School'. An anthesis to its older brother, New School tattoo art relies less on a rigid style and is more commonly associated with experimentation, natural colours and subtle messages.

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