Art & Photography
(Hans) Arp, Max Ernst, Hannah Höch, and Man Ray to send
him photographic self-portraits, photos of artwork, original
drawings, and layouts for book pages. Financial and organizational difficulties prevented its publication at the time, but this
re-creation, which also includes related archival material, will
accompany upcoming exhibitions celebrating Dada’s centenary
at Kunsthaus Zurich and the Museum of Modern Art.
The Weather Works
Mike Wilks, Pomegranate, Sept.
Wilks, the author of the puzzle book The
Ultimate Alphabet, raises questions
about the global climate and our role in
shaping it, through verse and colorful
illustrations of an
weather is made.
Designed for a
variety of readers,
environmentalists, the book aims to
prompt conversation about climate
change and the dichotomy of the creative
and destructive power of technology. ■
These days, it almost feels rebellious not to have a tattoo.
But that wasn’t always the case, nor is body art a purely
modern phenomenon. New books of tattoo art highlight
centuries-old traditions, underground and outlaw subcultures, and the various inspirations and meanings behind
how people choose to adorn themselves.
Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, Vol. 1
Fuel, out now
Bronnikov spent more than 20 years as a senior
expert in criminalistics at the U.S.S. R. Ministry of
Internal Affairs, where he amassed a comprehensive archive of photographs of inmates’ tattoos, as
well as an understanding of their symbolism. This
collection of more than 180 photographs is the
latest on the subject from British publisher Fuel;
according to Nielsen BookScan, Russian Criminal
Tattoo Encyclopaedia, Vol. I (2009) has sold more
than 12,000 print copies.
Vintage Tattoo Flash
Tattoo artist Shaw, son of big band leader
Artie Shaw, did much of his work in New
York City during the decades that the practice was officially banned (1961–1997).
Here, he showcases his collection of
flash—hand-painted sheets from which
tattoo shop customers could choose
designs—spanning from the turn-of-the-century
Bowery through 1970s Los Angeles.
Brian Ashcraft and Hori Benny
Irezumi tattoo art, a traditional, refined style dating to the 17th century, is the subject of some
350 color photographs, as well as interviews with leading Japanese
practitioners and their clients, and text explaining the meanings
behind the imagery.
The Inborn Absolute
An artist and musician living in Asbury Park,
N.J., Ryan has been tattooing for more than 20
years. Trained in the American tradition, his art
incorporates iconography he encountered on
pilgrimages to India, Nepal, and Peru.
Smile Now, Cry Later
Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones
Seven Stories, Aug.
Negrete, who spent much of his youth in the
juvenile detention system in L.A., is known
for his black and gray fine-line work, which
has earned the attention of gangbangers
and Hollywood starlets alike. In a narrative
accompanied by more than 100 photographs, Negrete recounts his journey from
inmate to preacher, tattoo artist, and addiction counselor.
Knives & Ink
Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
Fitzgerald and MacNaughton, whose Pen &
Ink (2014) looked at the tattoos of writers,
rockers, and others, here zero in on more
than 60 chefs, with recipes included amid
the illustrations. Mission Cantina chef Alison Rivera, for example, sports a practical
drawing on her inner arm, depicting various
cuts one can make from a whole fish. —L.H.