FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazine Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

entwined_hearts_tatoo_from_freetattoodesigns_org_With the arrival of Valentine’s Day and with the popularity of having a tattoo to show one’s affection and caring for another person, I thought it would be a good time to feature another title from our library’s Zinio collection of eMagazines. It is also worthwhile to mention that for many of the magazines in our Zinio collection, there are back issues that can be checked out.

Inked is “a tattoo lifestyle magazine and covers music, fashion, art, sports and the rest of the lifestyle of the tattooed.” Although a current subscription to the magazine is unavailable from Zinio, back issues of Inked are available to check out.

Zinio also notes thatEach issue has interviews with popular celebrities and the tattoo artists who decorate their bodies. There are tons of photos to inspire your next work of body art.”


You’ll find this publication, which comes out ten times a year, among a group of Zinio magazines for which we have back issues only. Just search through the titles in Zinio until you reach Yoga Journal. You’ll see, immediately after that title, another grouping of magazines, starting with American Patchwork & Quilting. Inked will be found in that second grouping. The back issues of Inked cover from March 01, 2013 all the way to February 01, 2016.

If you have been thinking about getting your first tattoo or are planning to add to the body art you already are wearing, you may want to explore two exhibits on this art form. TATTOO is at The Field Museum in Chicago and will be running there until April 30, 2017. The Field Museum is doing Free Admission Days now through the end of February 2017, so this month would be a good time to visit the exhibit. On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency. Check with The Field Museum for details about tickets for the TATTOO exhibit.

WTTW television did a piece about the TATTOO exhibit back in November 2016 titled Tattoo’ Exhibit Aims to Create a Lasting Impression that gives a good capsule description of the exhibit and includes a short video segment with Phil Ponce.

Out on the East coast, at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, there is an exhibit titled Tattooed New York that is also running through April 30, 2017. I saw a short video piecenorman_rockwell_painting_the_tattoo_artist_1944 on earlier this month titled 300 years of New York tattoos: From Native Americans to beauty queens that gave a good view of the exhibit. Included in the exhibit is the 1944 Norman Rockwell painting, The Tattoo Artist, shown to the left.

The painting vividly illustrates the advice of many tattoo artists: THINK BEFORE YOU INK!

– Tom D.




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