Body Planes is a 44 page reference book of human body diagrams created specifically for tattooers.
"I designed these body part layouts after taking a sculpting course and studying the planes of the body and écorché* model. After years of laying out tattoos for 3-dimensional human bodies on 2-dimensional surfaces, it occurred to me, that the true surface of the varying shapes of the body were not being taken in to account. The future of tattooing will be designing tattoos on 3D turnarounds. These sheets in this book were designed as the beginning process of that evolution.
To aid in the tattoo design process, I’ve included multiple views of the human body, unwrapped and flattened out as it would be in a tattoo illustration. Prominent skeletal and muscular landmarks are indicated to assist the tattooist in considering the flow and fit of their designs. I recommend you start by producing a few quick thumbnail sketches on the smaller body plane diagrams and then proceed to a more detailed rendering once a plan has been established." -Gunnar Gaylord