Flipping through the pages of Shangrlia Inmortal Tattooing, one can immediately sense the infinite quality of such paintings. Patterns, motifs, shapes, and lines merge creating an homage to those ancient cultures that we owe so much of our inspiration and technique within modern tattooing. Dasly envisioned this tome over a year ago, setting his sights and efforts on a new form of dedication with the collaboration of over 170 artists. "The idea for this book came to me one morning last October, drinking a coffee in Katmandu. I was in Nepal for almost a month, and of course I was surrounded by a timeless beauty, centuries of history that you can admire with open mouth. I thought it would be nice to create something that would stand still in time; a tribute to the tribal and ornamental tattoos that made many of the artists in the book fall in love."
From Nepal back to his home in Spain, Dasly began reaching out to artists he hoped would be interested in the project. "It was all so fast at first because most of them were happy to contribute to a unique book. I asked everyone for an original painting strictly hand painted, as it should be. A long and stressful work to tell the truth! It all happened in the middle of a pandemic and then it was much more tiring, but in the end we succeeded." Not only a book born of love for tattooing, but a perfect example of creative forces coming together for positive outputs during a time when it is needed most.
Serious collectors and artists will find the book a treasure trove of integral tattoo iconography. "The theme was to interpret with painting, rigorously hand-painted, a region of the world, a culture or a tribe, according to the vision of each tattoo artist. An exciting journey into the vision and experience of each artist, who with his work gives light to the sources of inspiration that have formed the basis of what we now call the modern tattoo. Indigenous tribes of South America, ancient areas of India, historical cultures of the Pacific, nomadic civilization of North Africa and so on, meet for the first time, in a book that has no precedent, that every tattoo studio or collector must have."
Self-produced and kept to an exclusive run of 1000 copies, Dasly hopes that this book can be an inspiration for generations to come. "We can say that it is a book to keep in your home library or studio. There are many incredible paintings, many legends of tattooing, and many younger tattoo artists who will take the right path." With paintings by living legends of the industry such as Thomas Hooper, Jayaism, James Lau, Xnazax, Jondix, Guy Le, Alvaro Flores, and more, it's no wonder that this book will preserve the work of artists presently, while giving reverence to the past and influence to the future.