Where the Ink Meets the Skin

A gallery of typographic tattoos.
Where the Ink Meets the Skin

What words are so important to you that you'd have them tattooed onto your body? From ampersands to poetry verses, Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos presents a spectrum of word and letterform tattoos collected by art director, design critic, and photographer Ina Saltz. Many of the personal stories behind these permanent inscriptions are poignant, surprising, or both; in Body Type 2, Saltz pairs tattoo images with tattoo stories to good effect.

All images in the following slideshow are selected from Body Type 2. Photographs are by Ina Saltz unless otherwise credited; wherever known, artists, designers, and photographers have been credited. Click here to read Laura McClure's interview with Ina Saltz. For a sneak peek at photos from Body Type III, join Saltz at the Strand bookstore in New York on March 2. —Tim J Luddy