Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Sweden/Photographs

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Two artist-photographers have traced the footsteps of Stieg Larsson’s crime-beating heroes to create a travel book with a Millennium series hook. 


A little over a year ago, I was visiting Stockholm and had the chance to spend an afternoon and evening with Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg (aka the Hilton Brothers). For those not familiar with this dynamic duo, Christopher Makosis, an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist, not only collaborated with Andy Warhol but also showed Warhol how to use his first camera and introduced him to the work of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Meanwhile, Paul Solberg, Makos’ creative partner, is an author and independent filmmaker who worked with Stephen Kinsella on the American indie classic Double Parked. So to say I was in good company that day would be a classic understatement.  

For those diehard fans and armchair travelers, Glitterati has published "Tattoos Hornets Fire," a stunning photographic homage to Larsson’s hometown that affords viewers a gumshoe’s perspective on the city of hornets, fire, and tattoos.  



Larsson's books inspired the new photographic travel book Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Stockholm. Shot by Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, who work together as The Hilton Brothers, the story flows with a steady unveiling of Stockholm's layers. We first encounter the tourist highlights, sinking steadily into dark alleys and night clubs until we've experienced the city through the eyes of, Makos writes, "an actual Stockholmer visiting his or her hometown." 


"Tattoos Hornets Fire" for the first time presents a pictorial dimension to the Sweden that has been introduced to so many readers of Stieg Larsson’s luminous novels, and one that they have longed to know better. Stirring photography by internationally renowned photographers of the locations from these three books offer witness not only to locations that until this publication have rested in readers’ minds alone, but with additional photography, provide an ambiance of the entirety of this beautiful, intriguing and widely unexplored country not recently documented in book format.

A new book highlights photographs of the real life Stockholm, based on the vision of that city suggested in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Sweden is an unusual photobook, utilizing photographs by Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg.

A new book highlights the dreamy, the seedy and the atmospheric sides of Sweden, with a nod to the dark world of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Sweden centers around photographs by Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, who capture the country as it was brought to the world through the best-selling books and recent Daniel Craig film.