January 08, 2008



Asking someone what their tattoos "mean" always seems like a good idea--until you ask them.

Corey Redekop

I think authors are like everyone else; some of us have an inate desire to scar our bodies. in fact, authors are possibly more likely a group than others to go under the needle, as we are typically insecure, yet feel a deep need to express ourselves.

I, myself, have the cover of my novel Shelf Monkey tattooed on my arm. Just in case every copy disappears, or if I never publish another, I'll always have it with me.


I'm calling your bluff, Corey. Link?

John Shannon

Hell, I have the entire text of my first novel tattooed, in tiny Hagopian print, on my left big toe. Hagopian? See the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

Corey Redekop

OK, the bluff is called.

Link to pic at http://www.openbooktoronto.com/gallery/tattooed_author_flexes_his_writing_arm


Very nice! I went the opposite route and asked my tattoo artist to illustrate the cover to Big Lonesome.

Corey Redekop

Interestin twist. I'll remember that for my next novel.


If you're interested in literary tattoos, there's a group dedicated to them on livejournal:



I can't imagine a wrestling mat making for a comprehensible tattoo.

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