Dear Query Shark,
Although tattoos have become a powerful cultural force, more popular than the iPod, Starbucks, and many would argue, William Shatner, its evolution is shrouded in myth, distortion, and innuendo.
TATOO: WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN GLOBAL WARMING is a satirical examination of the history of the art of tattoo. Modestly researched and fully illustrated, the book debunks scientists' flimsy theories about its Paleolithic-era origins, casually dismisses claims of its existence in ancient Egypt, and relying on little more than hearsay, credits the invention of the small-of-the-back tattoo in 1976 to a redneck named Ricky White. From valuable advice on how to pick your first tattoo, the benefits of bypassing professional artists in favor of do-it-yourself tattoos, to choosing the right design before beginning a long prison sentence, TATTOO: WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN GLOBAL WARMING sets the record straight.
The full manuscript is available upon request. Thanks so much for your time.
A key element of the satire is spelling tattoo wrong in the title of course.
I'd be leaping all over this if my colleague hadn't just sold a book on tattoos to Seal Press. You snooze, you're tattooed.