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Tattoo Road Trip: Best of the Southwest: Arizona & New Mexico

Tattoo Road Trip: Best of the Southwest: Arizona & New Mexico

Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

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Thirty hand-picked tattoo shops and the work of over one hundred artists are included in this book showcasing the blossoming body art communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Displayed are over 600 color photos of tattoo artistry. Trendsetting artists create a wide range of tattoo art in motifs as diverse as the men and women who receive and appreciate them. The artwork ranges from the small to the large. Classic black and white artistry and modern full color work are featured. Themes captured include natural scenes, animals and birds, flowers, nautical scenes and symbols, Oriental motifs from dragons to geishas, portraits of loved ones, religious art, Day of the Dead motifs, occult symbology, and much more. The artists and their shops are also featured. For anyone with an appreciation of tattoo artistry, this book is for you.

Size: 12″ x 12″ | 612 color photos | 304 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346675 | Binding: hard cover


The best way to get to anywhere, from the small town of Hood River, Oregon, is by surfboard, paddleboard, parasail or, in Bob Baxter’s and Mary Gardner’s case, a four-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle. Which is why the ever-growing list of Tattoo Road Trip books is true to its name, and each shop and town is reached by long hours behind the wheel. Living a stone’s throw from the mighty Columbia, in the windsurfing capital of North America, Bob and Mary, tend a small urban farm outside of town (by last count, a population about 6,500). Enjoying close proximity to numerous orchards, vineyards and just about dead-center between beautiful, snow-capped Mt. Hood (an hour south) and Mt. Adams, to the north, when this creative couple are not collecting eggs from a dozen kinds of chickens, tending to Mary’s organic garden or playing music on the front porch, Baxter and Gardner host, the premier website for the worldwide tattoo community.