Thursday, March 10, 2011

When I’m Not Reading…

It’s Thursday, people! Which means it’s time for Missie’s When I’m Not Reading. Please go to her website via the link to see what it’s all about.

Honestly, I’d rather be reading right now, but I’m doing laundry instead.

I think I mentioned I’m going to NYC this June. If not…I’M GOING TO NYC IN JUNE! I’m leaving in 83 days (not that' I’m counting).

A few days ago I got the idea that I want a new tattoo. If I could get it while in NYC that would just make the trip even more exciting than it already is. My only problem with tattoos is that I can never narrow down what I want. I have six already, and only two of them I’m really happy about. I don’t have any good pictures of them so I won’t show them here.

For a while I’ve been thinking about getting a piece inspired by one or a combination of my favorite books/characters. I’ve also been dreaming, for years, about getting a pin up girl on each of my lower legs. I’m not sure yet, but I think a combination of the two would be great.

While I was looking for ideas online I came across a book called The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor.

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide is a guide to the emerging subculture of literary tattoos—a collection of more than 150 full-color photographs of human epidermis indelibly adorned with quotations and illustrations from Dickinson to Pynchon, from Shakespeare to Plath. With beloved lines of verse, literary portraits, and illustrations—and statements from the bearers on their tattoos' history and the personal significance of the chosen literary work—The Word Made Flesh is part collection of photographs and part literary anthology written on skin. (From

It’s a beautiful collection and homage to the written word.

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To accompany this book the creators have made Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

I guess the sensible thing to would be to find inspiration from on of the classics. Yet, when I think of the classics I think about university. In many ways going to university was eye opening, but it was also the cause of a lot of emotional stress for me. The first couple of years I fought my way through it. Then I found out I’m dyslexic. To some extent t made university easier because I know knew I wasn’t stupid, but I also had to work even harder to prove that I belonged there. I think most of my professors and my parents just wanted me to drop out. It would have been the easiest thing to do.

In the last few years I’ve re-discovered how wonderful the written word can be, as well as discovering “new” genres I never knew I would love. Steampunk is one of them. I have to say Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate made me love to read again for the sake of the language and not just the plot.

I’m thinking a lovely woman wearing a beautiful, and a bit daring, dress mixed with some nifty Steampunk gadgets, might be a great addition to my small collection of tattoos.

Think Lorenzo Sperlonga’s Steampunk Dolls, though not in such a state of undress…










Add a little Alexia…









And just a dash of Lady Mechanika (I do work in a comic book store after all)…









I think that would make a splendid and combustible combination. Don’t you think?

If you happen to know any great tattoo artists in NYC I’d love to know about them.