Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Tattoo Chronicles
Another book review! This time it's The Tattoo Chronicles by Kat Von D. I LOVE the cover of this book (designed by Lonewolfblacksheep) - spot varnish and debossing are used to great effect. And the inside pages are really well-designed as a lot of effort has been put into the photography and the vintage typography that bring the words to life. As for the book itself, basically it's a year in the life of Kat Von D as told by her personal diary entries. It focuses on her tattoo work but also talks about her private life as well. Admittedly, reading about her constant relationship problems with Nikki Sixx did get a bit tiresome, but you can't accuse this book of not being raw and honest - Kat really divulges some personal thoughts and musings. Also it's really interesting to get more of an insight into the showbiz side of things, as Kat talks about the LA Ink producers interrupting her tattoo sessions with clients just to talk about the show. After reading the book, I just had an even greater appreciation of vintage typography because there are some great examples throughout.