by Megan Massacre
Published by Watson-Guptill on August 2nd 2016
Style: Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding
Megan Massacre, one of the most popular tattoo artists and reality TV stars.
Tattoo artist Megan Massacre invites adult coloring book fans into her whimsical world of sugar skulls, sailing ships, mermaids, owls, and more.
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Marked In Ink Coloring Book Review
I am a huge fan of Megan Massacre. I love her story of trying to get an apprenticeship in the tattoo world and the obstacles that came with it. I love her art work which is cutesy and creepy at the same time. I also admire her talent that has seen her do so many things in her career in a very short period of time. When I seen the Marked in Ink coloring book coming out, I was super excited and had to pre-order it. Unfortunately, I was sick when it arrived 🙁 but my hubby did get a lot of enjoyment leafing through it 🙂 I suspect he wished there were more pictures of Megan!
Megan Massacre (real name Megan Woznicki) is a glamorous and talented young woman. Not only is she a successful artist, professional tattoo artist and tattoo model but her wide appeal has also transported her to the world of television. You may know her in Australia from her guest appearances on Bondi Ink or in the United States from her appearance on tattoo reality shows like NY Ink or America’s Worst Tattoos. Her appeal to the masses has also seen her make guest appearances in non tattoo based tv shows like E!’s Secret Societies of Hollywood and MTV’s Girl Code. You cannot miss her when she makes any appearance as she often sports neon hair and fingernails that really stand out in a crowd.
If you are not familiar with Megan Massacre, here’s a lovely video/advertisement for L’Oreal. Not only will you see her hair transformation but she also talks about being an artist.
Cover & Layout
The cover is a lovely smoky grey with a traditional tattoo style woman on the cover. The cover art is all pre printed and there is nothing to color here. Black filigree decorates each corner both front and back. The spine is a simple black with white text. The back cover features a darker smoky grey with an elaborate line art on a skull. You could color this in with markers if you wished.
The book measures 28cm x 21cm (A4 sized) (approximately 8.3in x 11 in)
A lovely nameplate page follows featuring a traditional style heart with ribbon to write your name. A plain title page follows. An introduction by Megan concludes the ancillary pages of the book. Megan explains that she did not stick to a particular theme in the book as she wants the colorist to experience a variety of her styles. Personally, I would have loved it if Megan had a theme of her well known style. As it is too late for this book, I hope that she produces another one dedicated to the creepy and the cute.
A bio and image of Megan has been included at the rear of the book with copyright detail on the reverse.
The paper being used is a bright white, medium quality and the pages are perforated for easy removal. Images are printed on one side of the paper only. If you are coloring in the book, remember to put scrap paper between the pages as markers will bleed through.
The bulk of the illustrations have been orientated portrait style throughout the book with three landscape images.
The images used on the front and back cover art have both been included in the book for you to color in. I had expected that the front cover image would not have the book title “Marked in Ink” on it. However, the image provided for you to color does have the text on it.
The images are various comprising a number of sugar skulls (over 10), traditional style tattoo artwork like ships, hearts, snake and roses and daggers. There are some animals birds, owls, a dog head and a butterfly. There are also some pattern style imagery including mandalas and filigree to color. The images that I am drawn to the most are the front cover image, mermaid, little fairy and framed cat portrait. These images, for me, really showcase Megan’s artistic talent and separate her art work from the crowd.
All of the images have been positioned well in the center on the page. There are some illustrations that abut the spine. This means that when the image is removed from the book there will be elements lost that go over the perforation line. The art work has also been nicely balanced on the page where there is background elements.
Only a handful of images have any background elements to color in. The bulk of the imagery that does not have a background has enough white space to add background effects if you wished to do so.
The line art has been printed in a dull black. A medium to heavy weight line has been used throughout the book. The heavier line weight, together with the larger areas of coloring space on the bulk of the drawings makes it suitable for all ages. Colorists that experience visual issues will be able to color with ease throughout the majority of the book. There are a few filigree type patterns that have smaller areas of space and may be challenging if you have health issues that impede you coloring tight spaces.
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