Doug Mitchel started his career as a professional journalist over 20 years ago. Today he is listed as author of over 20 books, all illustrated with his own very high quality photographs. Doug is also a regular contributor to a variety of magazines, from American Iron to Iron Works.
American Tattoosby Doug Mitchel
Among the most visually powerful tattoos are those that can only be called American Tattoos. Whether it's Old Glory in red white and blue spread across a bicep, or the Harley-Davidson bar and shield done in orange with a black outline, these images are among the most compelling ever seen. This book from Wolfgang Publications begins with a discussion of the things that define an American tattoo. There's the subject matter obviously, but also the overall design, the style, the bold colors.
Author Doug Mitchel, (author or the best-selling Advanced Tattoo Art book) uses 144 pages of color photos to show a variety of patriotic designs and how each was created on a living canvas. Each step in the process is here, from the initial concept drawing to the last prick. The book also includes pictures of exceptional finished tattoos, as well as flash art of the highest quality.
Ten chapters cover not just the American flag and the world's most famous logo, but also nautical themes, the American Bald Eagle, and military tattoos. The military tattoos are among the most poignant, as many are dedicated to comrades lost in battle. Where appropriate, the stories behind the tattoo are included as well.
Tattoos seen today are significantly different, most would say better and more powerful, than those seen ten or twenty years ago. The techniques and tools have changed as well. Doug uses the last chapter to discuss exactly how the new techniques and equipment are used to create more modern, more colorful, tattoos.
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