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For over three years, Afterlife worked with tattoo artist Austin Maples to create Enjoy: Austin Maples, a publication that grew beyond its origins as a book to something we have come to describe as a ‘tactile reading experience’. Enjoy is a combination of original content provided by Austin (including 500 original flash designs, photography, and reflections on art + life) as well as interviews and stories from tattoo luminaries who know Austin well. 

All aspects of Enjoy: Austin Maples–from the foil-stamped wrap to the embossed cover to the variety of papers used to the physical dimensions of the book itself–were curated to tell Austin’s story and to transmit a part of tattoo history as well. 

Examples of this include:

  • The use of vellum hearkens back to the pre-iPad days of tattoo design when all tattoos were drawn on vellum or tracing paper and then refined through a series of edits and layers until the final version was ready to transfer to skin. In a more wide-ranging artistic sense, vellum is the origin of the ‘layers’ utilized in digital design software such as Adobe. 


  • Austin is well known for exclusively working with black ink to tattoo his iconic pieces. To reinforce the strength and gravitas of Austin’s work, Enjoy has printed never-before-seen imagery of Austin’s large-scale back pieces on a heavyweight thick matte paper.

12" x 12"
268 Pages 
Embossed Hardcover Binding 
Foil-Stamped Jacket
ISBN: 979-8-9891815-5-1 

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