Book Explores Tattoo Culture through Paintings, Badassery

To say that Shawn Barber has an obsessive appreciation for tattoos would be an understatement. The tattoo artist and painter has 227 tattoos himself and several breathtaking paintings of other tattooed bodies (like Margaret Cho above) in his new book, Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series. This is Barber's third book showcasing his painted portraits, but Barber writes, “this homage is still in its infancy.”

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