We could argue about the future of reading until the end of time, but there’s at least one type of book that you will always need to hold in your hands: the art book. This collection of ten gorgeous books covers subjects as diverse as tattoos, clothes, space, dogs, glamour, and fishermen. Any of them would make a wonderful holiday gift.
Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them, Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
Based on the beautiful Tumblr, Pen & Ink takes a brilliant concept — hey, what’s the story behind your tattoo? — and brings it to life with MacNaughton’s vivid illustrations and BuzzFeed Books editor Fitzgerald’s knack for getting true, fantastic stories. The respondents range from Wild author Cheryl Strayed to a warehouse manager’s explanation of why “PIZZA PARTY” is tattooed on her toes: “I really fucking love pizza.” The collected portraits are funny and sometimes heartbreaking, and they show human nature and experience in all its endearing colors.