BOOK REVIEW: TATTOOISME

As much as we love the internet, there’s still something so much more personal about holding a magazine, and that value appreciates tenfold when it comes to coffee table books. Who knows? Maybe it’s the smell, the feel of paper stock, or simply the weight that emits that magical feeling, but the more I wonder, the more I think that it’s downright old age and the fact that I grew up without smart tablets that can’t break this mysterious bond.

 

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So this time around we’re checking out a book that was launched last year. The book in hand is called TattooIsMe, and is written by Chris Coppola. With 192 pages, it’s a good read that was put together by Schiffer Publishing and it’s packed with a lot of great content featuring 32 internationally acclaimed tattoo artists.

Inside, you’ll find multiple art mediums, utilizing an array of art movements, techniques and styles. With more than 350 images, I’d have to say that it’s  put together very well and the minimalist cover and design gets browny points for sure.

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Representing nine tattoo friendly countries, including France, Japan, Italy, and the U.S., the featured artists draw from varied art movements and styles in their approach: Baroque, Cubism, Art Nouveau, Realism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism, and more. Inspiration from seemingly unexpected sources, like hip hop, punk rock, horror films, and biomechanics inform their work: as such, they filter everything through the artful lens that is themselves. They are tattoo; tattoo is them.

Review by Carlton C  |   Photography by Garret Carter

 

MODERN LINES: MERCEDES F015

Step foot into Skin Design Tattoos, and it becomes clearly evident that we’re obsessed with minimalist design. From the smooth lines and all the LED accent lighting, our attention to detail went so far overboard that even our restrooms share the same design and ambiance. So when we got a chance to see the new concept F015 Mercedes we were instantly sold. This week at the CES Show in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz is displaying the F015 Luxury in Motion, a previously hinted-at concept car designed from the ground up for robotic transportation. Passengers normally sit face to face so they can talk more, and anyone can control the car through remote units and gestures — this is really a classic, luxurious carriage remade for the modern era, according to Mercedes.

 

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

 

The ultra-modern ride has color-coded LED lights on the front and back to let you know what the car is thinking and it’s a car that has it all. In all honesty, (and thanks to the Jetsons) this is the car we all thought we’d be driving by 2015, but in reality, it’s so far ahead of its time that we probably won’t get to actually buy – let alone drive it – for light years ahead.

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

Our CFO is probably trying to order this Benz right now. But only in his dreams will he ever be able to buy a car that’s only a design excercise.