A Brief History of Tattoos
            For my chapbook project (A Brief History of Tattoos), my topic of choice was the history of tattoos. I selected this topic because, while I don’t have any and don’t plan on getting any, I find them an intriguing piece of culture that has lingered in an unprecedented manner and I wanted to learn more. The book is focused on the history of tattoo. My decisions for the book were heavily influenced by the events that occurred—namely, the bible: The bible dictates the book’s size, original two-column structured grid, cover, and designs within the book. The ornamentation are based off the typical Polynesian tattoo designs, although no offense is meant in its usage (as they prefer if outsiders do not use their designs). The colors were originally sampled from older tattoos and altered slightly to suite the book. I chose Mohawk’s Strathmore premium pastelle soft white 80t for the book’s main paper because of its similar looks and feel to skin (particularly skin that has been tattooed in the old days), and Mohawk’s via vellum flax for the book cover because the warmness of the paper shows through the black to create a warmer black—like ink on skin. For my type, I selected Sitka and its various weights to contrast the heaviness of the display font, the images, and the heavy tattoos. It mimics the idea of fine, thin lines of the more intricate and detailed tattoos. For my title and display font, I used Barakah regular despite its illegibility in some cases because of its design as it mimics both the tattoo and bible-like styles which are not necessarily the most legible (in history). For my final font, I used Kingthings flourishes as the wingdings which marks the start of a quote and the separation between the two-page numbers.
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