Chronicle Books 2008

Once a fringe phenomenon, tattooing is now a full-blown cultural fact. More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone have tattoos, all with unique stories about why they chose to indelibly mark their bodies. Permanence is the first book to combine photographic portraits with these individual stories, told in the subject’s own words and handwriting. Foreword by world-renowned tattooer Horitaka. Featuring Margaret Cho, Chuck Liddell, Tera Patrick, Scott Ian, Kat Von D, Slash, Paul Stanley, Scott Weiland, Evan Seinfeld and more

“The photos are striking, but people’s statements—windows into their longings and aspirations—make the book compelling. You can’t read them without being moved, having your understanding widened and experiencing the mystery of the lives of others” — Barbara Davenport, San Diego Reader


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