The Cor Mysterium series will be a multi-volume encyclopedia of tattoo symbolism. Each volume will feature a diverse selection of artwork from the world’s best tattooers and will define the symbolic meaning found in each component of every image.

Volume One, Tattooing’s Guide to Symbolism, focuses on the traditional and iconic tattoo images that serve as the foundation of the craft. It features 197 original paintings from tattooing’s most devoted artists at the forefront of the field. Each artist explains their piece and gives insight into the symbolism behind the images.

With more volumes to come, this editorial prject wants to decode some of tattooing’s most timeless images and inspire tattooers and collectors alike to compose tattoos that are not only visually appealing, but speak to the soul in a language that is deeper than words.

NeverSleep Publishing (co-owners: Mike Rubendall & Matt Beckerich)
Neversleep publishing was built on the idea that Tattooing is an ever-evolving art form, and it is up to tattooers, to nurture it. Its goal is to help steer tattooing as a whole, toward higher cultural value and toward a more educated and meaningful approach to this sacred craft.