Since I publish this news website – already 7 years – I must have written a dozen of book reviews regarding the art of tattoos. So, why one more? Not because it was released just a few days ago, but because as far as I know, it’s the only one specifically and exclusively dedicated to the tattoos of bikers.
Because they have long been an integral part of the motorcycle culture, biker tattoos are of a variety of themes and graphics that can’t be found in other groups, even among soldiers and sailors, although many are bikers.
It took Sara Liberte years of traveling to motorcycle events to shoot the 1000 + best pieces of art that bikers have inked on their bodies. Images showing how bikers feel about themselves and others, marking their rites of passage, showing symbols of spiritual and religious devotion, inking their successes and failures, making pledges of love, of rebellion, of punishment, showing amulets and talismans, symbolizing their identification to a particular group or club, etc.
In addition, for each image of tattoo work selected to illustrate the wild abandon of the motorcycle lifestyle to this art form, Sara Liberte wrote a short story about the biker and the motivation behind inking his or her skin. As a bonus, many readers will enjoy seeing more than skin, the motorcycles they ride, because what they ink and ride are of course who they are. Inspirational to choose your next tattoo, this 320-page color book also includes profiles of the most renowned tattoo artists in the biker community. $22.00. Order on Amazon at 1000 Biker Tattoos.