Into the Skin is the first complete comprehensive directory to the art of tattooing. This is the first book to delve wholly into the world of tattoo; from the origins and history of tattooing, to modern practices and the equipment used today. This book not only informs the reader about tattooing and the equipment required, but it is also a complete guide combining the art and culture of tattoos with step by step guidance to the entire process. Into the Skin covers the essentials, from purchasing tattoo equipment all the way through the application of a tattoo and then how to care for the finished art. It’s more than simple instruction, and much more than an encyclopedia entry. Into the Skin is a culmination of decades of real world tattoo experience, and thousands of hours of research. It’s a history book, training guide and tattoo owners manual all in one.