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The tattoo process starts before the needle even hits the skin.

The Stencils by Bobeus tattoo book explores the artistry of the initial phase of the tattoo – the mock-up, or stencil. These delicate pieces of paper, sometimes tossed in the bin after use (or otherwise mounted on the artist’s studio wall), have a powerful visual appeal of their own.

Bobeus is regarded as one of The Netherlands’ most skilled tattoo artists. Based in Eindhoven, he runs True Blue Tattoo with Guus Mandigers. Bobeus’s art references traditional design, taking inspiration from the greats, such as Ben Corday and George Burchett. However, as this rich collection of stencils proves, his designs are also forward-thinking; taking iconic images and giving them a fresh, dynamic aesthetic.

A true collector’s piece, this tattoo reference book is one of only 1,000 and each copy is hand-numbered by the artist. The book is ota-bound, enabling each page to be laid flat and read through at leisure, and the paper is superior quality Munken Premium Cream. The dust jacket of the book can also be removed and displayed as a poster.

It’s a necessary addition to any old-school tattoo flash book collection, and showcases the preliminary stages of tattoo development, and the evolution of traditional design.

Title: Stencils
Binding: Softcover with poster dust jacket
Language: English 
Paper-type: 80 gr. Munken Premium Cream 
Page-total: 292 
Size: 180 x 250 mm 

Edition of 1000 (hand-numbered by the artist)

ISBN: 978-94-92933-04-1


Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
Josh Leahy
Outstanding quality

Sensational book, 10 out of 10

Małgorzata Góraj-Ptak
Super quick

Order received within one day, amazing service

Agustin Giovannini

All perfect

Alan Mitchell


Longina Phillips

Love the books, very inspirational

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