Approaching the fascinating world of tattoo art from the perspective of design, 1000 Tattoos offers basic instruction on designing a tattoo and hundreds of images to help you choose one that's right for you. The book opens with a general introduction to the history of body decoration and technical advice on drawing and designing some of the more intricate tattoos featured in the book. Along with health and safety tips for getting a tattoo, there is also information for creating the designs using body paints and mehndi for those who want to try out different looks before choosing permanent ink. Eleven chapters are organized by theme, from intricate Celtic knotwork patterns and geometric tribal art to old-school flowers, skulls and hearts to the magical and monstrous. A stylish reference that offers a vast range of ideas on a wide cross-section of themes, 1000 Tattoos enables readers to create their own images or trace and enlarge one from the book.