This book presents a lavish array of Hardys' drawings for custom tattoo commissions, ideas that were never tattooed, works from early childhood, and works from his art school days: all of which are placed in the context of an essay about how the impulse to draw is at the core of tattooing as a medium.
Many works created for custom commissions include breakthrough pieces from the late 1960s and early 1970s. These were responsible for tattooings present-day global explosion. Examples of designs evolution through various stages provide a never-before-seen document of Hardys' process. A majority of the works are reproduced actual size.