An (Un)reliable History of Tattoos by Paul Thomas

An (Un)reliable History of Tattoos

Written by Paul Thomas
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An (Un)reliable History of Tattoos by Paul Thomas

The tattoo is an art form, a practice...for some, a ritual. Its history is long and colourful, dating to the Neolithic, when our ancestors marked their bodies with symbolic lines derived from a carbon paste. Today, those same markings can be made on entering the neon parlors that line our cities. Maybe it's time to stop taking them so seriously! Loosely based on fact, cartoonist/satirist Paul Thomas delves into the history of the Tattoo whilst concocting a healthy amount of hilarious fiction along the way.


This history may not be true, but it sure does look great, and it's a hell of a lot more fun than what actually transpired.--The AV Club Outrageous! Exquisitely executed filth...--Emma Thompson A gonzo view of tats through the ages: mostly British, frequently profane, replete with extravagantly inked caricatures.--Kirkus Reviews The vibrant, full-color palette and drawing style frequently invoke old-school flesh art, and the author's cartoonist background shines in the scathing caricatures of Western history's most beloved and reviled figures. This picture book for grownups will please those who appreciate a heavy dose of mocking sarcasm with their social and political commentary.--Booklist It's an absurd, silly, slightly profane trip that fuses highbrow and lowbrow humor with Monty Python-esque glee. --Shelf Awareness No tattoo parlour should be without a copy - it's just the thing to take your mind off the pain.--The Telegraph A gonzo view of tats through the ages: mostly British, frequently profane, replete with extravagantly inked caricatures.- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Paul Thomas has been the political cartoonist of the Daily Express since 1998. Prior to the Daily Express, he was pocket cartoonist for the Independent on Sunday from 1990-2000, for whom he also contributed both sports cartoons and the Blair Babe cartoon strip. He was business cartoonist of the Evening Standard from 1990-1998, and political cartoonist of Punch magazine from 1987-1991, where he created The Safeways strip and was also cartoon editor. He was a regular contributor to the Spectator from 1988-1998, providing several covers, spot cartoons and the World Affairs cartoon strip. He was the political cartoonist of the Sunday Telegraph from 1995-1996. Paul's work has also appeared in the Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Private Eye and Shares Magazine. He has illustrated three books by Hunter Davies for Random House.

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104 pages


Paul Thomas
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Nobrow Ltd

Publication date

1st February 2016



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