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Penguin Ink

August 19, 2011

To celebrate Penguins 75th Anniversary, Penguin have teamed up with six of the world’s leading tattoo artists to publish a limited edition set of six contemporary novels with stunning new covers. The idea behind the concept is to showcase the huge amount of talent and diversity that tattooists actually have. There’s no doubt that people’s attitude towards tattoos have changed dramatically over recent years and what some people fail to realise sometimes is that tattooing is a form of art, just as much as paint on a canvas is.

I had to post about this after seeing them at work today. They really are beautiful covers and very eye-catching, and a great chance for tattoo artists to showcase their artwork. I’m sure some people will love them and others will hate them, but who cares? If you don’t like  them just buy the other cover. I personally think they will certainly appeal to a new generation and those who appreciate a beautiful cover. My only complaint is that I wish there were more titles in the series!

The six titles in the series are; The Book of Dave by Will Self, The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe, The Accidental by Ali Smith, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller. The tattooists who designed the covers are; Duncan X, Han Van de Sluys, Judd Ripley, Lynn Akura, Russ Abbott and Valerie Vargas. All six of these titles are out now.

I’d love to know anyone else’s opinions on these covers so please do leave a comment below! Whether you hate them or love them, or you just want to say your favourite! If I had to choose it would probably be between White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller, which is a bit of a shame because they are the only two out of the six that I’ve read!



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