Fangirls, I love tattoos, and I love Kate Leth. I think her work is phenomenal, and her ability to do what she wants is really inspiring. So when I was in Earthward, I grabbed myself her mini from Retrofit/Big Planet called Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed.
I was not disappointed. I was expecting it to be a fun and simple way to help people make sure their tattoo decisions were the right ones for them, and it was all that, plus more! In Ink for Beginners, Leth explains everything from placement pain, what to do, and how to tip. She discusses aftercare, shop courtesy, and all sorts of incredibly important things to take into consideration when getting a tattoo. Hell, this mini helped me feel more confident in contacting an artist that I was intimidated by.
This mini was just a couple dollars, and I think it’s something that belongs in tattoo shops all over. One of my favorite sections was about the pain placement; Leth did 2 pages with a body (one facing forward, the other backwards), and explained her experience with pain in each spot on the body.
The whole mini is super casual, and feels like you’re just having a conversation with a more tattooed friend. It was so lovely. I know a couple Fangirls who will be getting this as a christmas present this season. It’s fun and helpful, and Leth’s art really makes it. She draws herself throughout the book so she’s addressing the audience more directly.
There wasn’t a thing I disliked about this comic. It’s fun, beautiful, and damn informative. It also makes a point to really push the importance of talking to your artist. I think that’s super understandable, because the 2 tattoos I’m not all that pumped about, are ones where I didn’t really talk to the artist much.
So go forth and grab Kate Leth’s Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed, because you’ll love it.
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