Photography, Books, Posters, T-Shirts, Merchandise and Information on the Colorful World of Tattooing.

Our Bookstore has hard to find books and posters at discount prices.
We now accept Visa and Mastercard.


The proteuspress.com Bookstore

Hard to find books, posters and merchandise about tattooing
and body piercing as well as a few diverse items we
just want to show you.
Many items can only be found at this site (not even at amazon.com).

The Illustrated Woman
with Photography by William DeMichele

This book is considered the leading example of tattoo art photography and contemporary tattoo art. These photographs really show the type of woman who get tattooed. Beautifully printed and bound. Offered in casebound and softbound. Almost 11" x 14" in size. "Coffee table art book"quality.Recently has become very hard to get in bookstores, but we've got plenty.
Book Introduction
Book Preface by Tattoo Artist Shotsie Gorman
Photo Gallery
Another Photo Gallery

We are proud to announce that the photography of William DeMichele is now on exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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with Photography by William DeMichele

It has come to our attention that many publications are looking for professionally taken tattoo pictures to illustrate articles, stories, books and advertising. Photographer William DeMichele has decided, after 11 years of shooting tattoos, to open his portfolio of over 80,000 images of tattooed men and women to publishers, art directors, magazines, etc.
The only limitation on availability is that he will only sell usage rights to those projects that present tattooing in a positive and/or constructive light and does not humiliate or disgrace the model or tattoo artist. This is why he will not use a general stock photo house, whose main criterion is to make their commission.
This is NOT a data base or search engine for you to get ideas or find images for your next tattoo. If you want a tattoo go to a tattoo shop. Any pro shop can help you get together any idea you could possibly have.If you are interested in William DeMichele's photographs please e-mail us.

Other places to find William DeMichele Photographs: tattoos.com (go to "Conventions")

Tattoo Artist and Historian Lyle Tuttle (www.lyletuttle.com) and Proteus Press, Inc. have decides to publish a third version of their historic Tattoo Book of Days. This book, which is still available, contains the birthdays, death days and important days of those related to the world of tattooing along with interesting quotes and facts and lots of vintage pictures. If you have any information for us, we would like to include it in our next issue. What we need are important dates, names and nicknames of tattoo artists or interesting tattoo related information of today and yesterday. We also need interesting quotes or facts of interest and photographs, especially old photographs. We do not need photos of tattoos! Photos should be good quality scans at 300dpi at 2x3 inches max. and as a tiff or jpeg file. (Please notes: we cannot guarantee that photos submitted will be used. Because of space limits, information received will be used at the discretion of the publisher. Priority is given to tattoo artists.)
Please let us know if you have anything for us.