10 YEARS OF TATTOOING BOOK by Anrijs Straume


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£ 25

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A5 Softcover Story and Art Book by Anrijs Straume.
320 Pages.

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
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Giovanni Ruggiero
Made with love and passion

This book is made so well, the tattoo story of Anrijs, written by his hand with a unique calligraphy and many cool tattoos!!! The overall quality of this book is high and honestly the price is really cheap. I am so happy, thank you Anrijs!

R
Rihards Laugmanis

10 YEARS OF TATTOOING BOOK by Anrijs Straume

M
Meri Aisala
Great art, huge graphic design problems, "homemade" vibe in both good and bad

I love having physical books about art that I like so I naturally I wanted to buy this one. There are some gorgeous pages of pictures of Anrijs Straume's work, which is to be expected. However, I can't put aside my annoyance as a graphic designer that this book has pretty unforgivable layout problems where text was written so close to the margins it was completely cut off and is partially missing.

The text in the book is written by hand by Anrijs and I can really appreciate that approach in most books. The aesthetic is very home made and this would be a good thing if it was executed properly. There was one page where a generic font was used for a few lines and that just looks like he forgot to write on those pages and it looked sloppy to me. There was one page where I couldn't read the name of a tattoo studio he was talking about because the text was cut off so badly and you just had to GUESS what words might have been there. They either did not do a test print of the book of didn't care to fix the issues of text not even being readable because it has been completely cropped off the page. To me this just says that the makers of the book don't care whether you can read the words they wrote enough to make sure it's legible and therefore I also don't view the text as important.

I bought this book for the art but the title also advertises this as an autobiography. While there are details about Anrijs Straume's life and career in the text, it kind of reads like a collection of short blog posts or series of instagram descriptions rather than a cohesive story to me. It can be a totally legitimate choice to write in your own voice and I can respect that. The text seems to be written spontaneously in the moment on top of the pictures with Anrijs's broken Eenglish. I want to clarify that the non-proofread, handwritten language is a perfectly fine choice and it fits the book. I personally wasn't a fan of the misspelled lyrics and movie quotes because it further made me feel that there wasn't much substance to the text part of the book. That may just be my opinion though.

I don't want anyone to think I'm saying there's nothing to the autobiography part of this book though. Anrijs Straume definitely opens up about difficulties he's had in his life and tattooing career. Some pages just seem pretty random and filler-ish to me. It feels like no subject has room to breathe because there's so little space for the stories among the photos. I counted the words on one of the most text-heavy pages and there were only 104 words, just to give you an idea of what to expect. The text can be described as descriptions for the images rather than stories that are illustrated by the photos. You can read this whole thing in about half an hour and that felt pretty reasonable to me and kept my attention, though I did get a bit tired of reading the text that was harder to see (as in dark on dark background) because of the handwritten style on top of photos.

I would obviously recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Anrijs Straume or tattoos in general. It's hard to find tattoo books with this quality of work represented! It's also amazing to see how far Anrijs has come as an artist in 10 years! It definitely surprised me that his early work was so far from what he does today. For those primarily interested in Anrijs's life and tattoo journey, I would still recommend his YouTube channel over this book. He has much more info in his videos and the videos give him more time and space to tell his stories than the photo pages in this book.

M
Marie Robitaille
Awesome book

Loved everything about it. <3

L
Luis Torres
Really love the book

Like his art, I’m a tattoo artist and that the style I like it

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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
92%
(11)
0%
(0)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
G
Giovanni Ruggiero
Made with love and passion

This book is made so well, the tattoo story of Anrijs, written by his hand with a unique calligraphy and many cool tattoos!!! The overall quality of this book is high and honestly the price is really cheap. I am so happy, thank you Anrijs!

R
Rihards Laugmanis

10 YEARS OF TATTOOING BOOK by Anrijs Straume

M
Meri Aisala
Great art, huge graphic design problems, "homemade" vibe in both good and bad

I love having physical books about art that I like so I naturally I wanted to buy this one. There are some gorgeous pages of pictures of Anrijs Straume's work, which is to be expected. However, I can't put aside my annoyance as a graphic designer that this book has pretty unforgivable layout problems where text was written so close to the margins it was completely cut off and is partially missing.

The text in the book is written by hand by Anrijs and I can really appreciate that approach in most books. The aesthetic is very home made and this would be a good thing if it was executed properly. There was one page where a generic font was used for a few lines and that just looks like he forgot to write on those pages and it looked sloppy to me. There was one page where I couldn't read the name of a tattoo studio he was talking about because the text was cut off so badly and you just had to GUESS what words might have been there. They either did not do a test print of the book of didn't care to fix the issues of text not even being readable because it has been completely cropped off the page. To me this just says that the makers of the book don't care whether you can read the words they wrote enough to make sure it's legible and therefore I also don't view the text as important.

I bought this book for the art but the title also advertises this as an autobiography. While there are details about Anrijs Straume's life and career in the text, it kind of reads like a collection of short blog posts or series of instagram descriptions rather than a cohesive story to me. It can be a totally legitimate choice to write in your own voice and I can respect that. The text seems to be written spontaneously in the moment on top of the pictures with Anrijs's broken Eenglish. I want to clarify that the non-proofread, handwritten language is a perfectly fine choice and it fits the book. I personally wasn't a fan of the misspelled lyrics and movie quotes because it further made me feel that there wasn't much substance to the text part of the book. That may just be my opinion though.

I don't want anyone to think I'm saying there's nothing to the autobiography part of this book though. Anrijs Straume definitely opens up about difficulties he's had in his life and tattooing career. Some pages just seem pretty random and filler-ish to me. It feels like no subject has room to breathe because there's so little space for the stories among the photos. I counted the words on one of the most text-heavy pages and there were only 104 words, just to give you an idea of what to expect. The text can be described as descriptions for the images rather than stories that are illustrated by the photos. You can read this whole thing in about half an hour and that felt pretty reasonable to me and kept my attention, though I did get a bit tired of reading the text that was harder to see (as in dark on dark background) because of the handwritten style on top of photos.

I would obviously recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Anrijs Straume or tattoos in general. It's hard to find tattoo books with this quality of work represented! It's also amazing to see how far Anrijs has come as an artist in 10 years! It definitely surprised me that his early work was so far from what he does today. For those primarily interested in Anrijs's life and tattoo journey, I would still recommend his YouTube channel over this book. He has much more info in his videos and the videos give him more time and space to tell his stories than the photo pages in this book.

M
Marie Robitaille
Awesome book

Loved everything about it. <3

L
Luis Torres
Really love the book

Like his art, I’m a tattoo artist and that the style I like it