You Need to Read 'The Force in The Flesh: Star Wars Inspired Body Art'

You Need to Read 'The Force in The Flesh: Star Wars Inspired Body Art'

This book is chock-full of tattoos from a galaxy far, far away.

This compendium demonstrates how iconic characters and other iconography, such as spaceships, lightsabers, and more from Star Wars have been celebrated by collectors and artists in almost every tattoo style in the world. Flipping through its pages is nearly as entertaining as the thrill of watching the original trilogy itself. Look for yourself and see, young Padawan. 


In the introduction to his book The Force in the Flesh: Star Wars Inspired Body Art Vol. II, Shane Turgeon writes, "Our Star Warsfamily is like the Force ... It binds the galaxy together. It can help us through our darkest battles and give us hope when we need it most. Trust in it." In these lines, he captures the unwavering sense of community shared among the films' fans. This nerdy subculture of diehard Star Wars admirers has grown to amazing proportions over the last four decades, and nothing exemplifies peoples' fandom more than the fact that so many of them have gotten body art that outwardly shows their undying (just like Obi-Wan Kenobi) love for the movies. Perhaps more so than any other publication, this collection of these tattoos just how hardcore and committed members of the Star Wars community are.

The book is composed in two parts, the first of which features interviews with fans that have extensive collections of tattoos inspired by Star Wars. The other three-fourths of its approximately 300 pages, is devoted to showcasing artwork and commentary by tattooists who have made a name for themselves working with iconography from the Star Wars universe. It features artists such as Adam Hays, David Corden, Kirk Douglass, Chris Jones, Kate Green Cecil Porter, and Josh Bodwell, just to name a few. 

In his review of the The Force in the Flesh, renowned memorabilia collector in the community and author of the book's foreword, Steve Sansweet says, "Turgeon’s new book is a true tour de Force! While I personally don’t have any tattoos, I have a great many friends who do – and this book is for all of us." His appraisal of Turgeon's book is right on the money — like that owed by Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, god bless his disgusting soul. 

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Whether you're a regular Stormtrooper or not, all the imagery in The Force in the Flesh is eye-catching. However, the interviews are what make it truly stand out. It's wonderful to hear various collectors and tattooists talk about their passion for Star Warsas well as their thoughts and feelings about belonging to the geeky subculture. Whether you're a casual fan of the films or someone who watches them every May the 4th if not more, this book would not only be perfect for your coffee table, it could even inspire you to go get a Star Warstattoo of your own.

The Force is truly strong with this compendium, so if you or any of your loved ones are serious Star Wars fans as well as tattoo lovers, The Force in the Flesh is right up your poorly aimed laser-beam-filled alley. Here's a link to where you can purchase the book; it would make a great holiday gift for any Jedi Knight or Sith Lord out there.

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