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Lexicon of Tribal Tattoos: Motifs, Meanings, and Origins

Lexicon of Tribal Tattoos: Motifs, Meanings, and Origins

Radomir Fiksa

Available November 2018


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Tattoos have played an important role in human culture for thousands of years. Ideal for the tattoo artist, anthropologist, or tattoo fan, this visual lexicon covers tattoos from hundreds of different cultures and lists meanings, reasons for wearing, rites of passage, and indicates placement for thousands of individual tattoos. Complete with nearly 650 illustrations, the book breaks down the symbology of these tattoos, indicating the origin and significance of motifs from tattoo cultures that still exist and those that have been lost to history. The breadth and depth of this information serves to inspire today’s tattoo artist and expand the knowledge of this ancient and global phenomena.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 640 b/w illustrations | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355653 | Binding: hard cover


Born in 1980 in Czechoslovakia. Childhood spent in the highlands in a small village named Sv?tnov. He taught the tattoo more closely during his studies at the University of Defence in Brno. During his studies, he wrote articles on tattoos in various magazines and newspapers, and he set up the Provocative tattoo studio in Ž?ár nad Sázavou where he works to this day.