10 Authors with Tattoos Inspired by Their Own Books
March 20, 2019 11:01 AM   Subscribe

Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color - The World of John Singleton Copley: A Boy With a Flying Squirrel (nytimes.com). Elizabeth Hand, author of Hard Light: the same phoenix in flames tattoo with the motto TOO TOUGH TO DIE as the protagonist in her book Generation Loss. Kevin Wilson, author of Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Buster and Annie from the cover of his book The Family Fang. Brian Keene, author of The Rising: the cover of his book 4x4 as a back piece. China Miéville, author of The Scar, Iron Council: "skulltopus". Rob Hart, author of Take-Out: tattoo inspired by the cover of his book New Yorked. Joe Clifford, author of The One That Got Away: sleeve commemorating getting two books published and major life changes. Kristen Proby, author of the Safe With Me series: one musical note for every book she has had published. Brian Panowich, author of Bull Mountain: Bull Mountain back piece (first session). Melissa F. Olson, author of the Old World urban fantasies: griffin back piece inspired by her book Boundary Crossed. (All links are SFW.) posted by not_the_water (6 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
What a fantastic post. Love the creativity.
posted by daybeforetheday at 11:46 AM on March 20

"You can trace [graphic novelist Lucy] Knisley's career on her left arm. First there's a tattoo of a book blazoned with the ISBN number of her first graphic memoir, French Milk (2008). Then there's a crisscrossed fork and spoon commemorating her food memoir, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (2013). Next, she wants to add a suitcase for her pair of 2014 travelogues, An Age of License and Displacement, which received a staggered release from Fantagraphics in September and February.

(Not sure what she's done for the several books she's published since this article.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 12:49 PM on March 20 [1 favorite]

Cool. I'm not getting another tattoo until I publish a book.
posted by nosila at 3:15 PM on March 20

Maybe Pynchon has a Trystero tattoo...
posted by chavenet at 3:37 PM on March 20

I started designing the wings on the backs of my arms after my Tarot deck got published, and finished the design and got it inked onto me while working on my first graphic novel. I haven’t felt the urge to get one specifically commemorating that book though.
posted by egypturnash at 7:35 PM on March 20 [1 favorite]

Love it. Don’t miss Maria Dahvana Headley’s Mere Wife tattoo.
posted by rewil at 6:52 PM on March 23

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