UROBORO BOOKSHOP | ROME – ITALY
In the heart of the Roman district of Pigneto, a small bookshop that is absolutely unique in its kind has opened since mid-September 2014, which has tattoos as its central theme. Hundreds of specialized titles, photographic books, sketchbooks with the original drawings of the tattoo artists, anthropological treatises on the history of tattooing, but also illustrated books on this practice as modern as it is very ancient.
From traditional Japanese “ukiyo-e” prints to medieval engravings, from old pin-up illustrations to alchemical symbology and more, anatomy, graffiti, graphics and much more. Among the shelves of this library you can discover how vast the editorial production is regarding tattoos in all shapes and styles, Polynesian tribals, traditional old-school American sailors, Japanese “horimono”, Russian criminal tattoos and more Chicano, realistic, new-school, the scarifications of African tribes, forms of expression represented in books from all over the world which bear witness to how the history of tattooing follows that of man and his ancestral need to decorate, modify, mark your body.