Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here.
My first published novel, MYSTIC INK is finally available! To celebrate, let’s talk tattoos and tattoo art. The novel is named after a tattoo shop – Mystic Ink. The heroine, Nix, is a Sea Nymph and talented tattoo artist.
Tattoos have been part of mainstream culture for a while now. Anyone catch the new show, Tattoo Master? Ever hear of Miami Ink? L.A. Ink?
There was a time when only the “baser” elements of society got tattoos – sailors, degenerates, people you’d cross the other side of the street to avoid.
Attitudes are much more relaxed now and I bet you all know at least one person with a tattoo. They may or may not make it public knowledge or have it in a location visible to the general public.
What’s that? You’re positive you don’t know anyone who’s been inked.
How about this, then?
I know at least two of the 7 Scribes have a tattoo (see, you know someone). No, I’m not saying who. That’s up to them to share. But, I’ll give you a hint – I’m not one of them.
The Scribes aside, there is one very important person in my life who has tattoos – my hubby. You may remember him from the Voodoo Curse Burger challenge and as Scar. While filming a book trailer for Kristan Higgins, he graciously allowed us to paint “I heart romance” on him. For some reason, he didn’t want that permanently on his arm. Go figure. Click here to watch the video.
Hubby got his first tattoo in his late twenties. He asked for a comedy and tragedy mask
(because he was a fan of Motley Crue). What he didn’t find out until years later was that the artist colored the tattoo with local gang colors! So far, it hasn’t been a problem, but it still worries me just a little bit.
We designed his next tattoo together. He knew he wanted a dragon, but couldn’t decide on an image, so he turned to a cross-stitched dragon I had made him years earlier. He presented the pattern to the artist who sketched it free-hand.
Much to hubby’s delight, the final product came out nearly identical, right down to the colors. Needless to say, I like this tattoo way better than the kinda-sorta gang colored tattoo.
It’s a beautiful piece of art.
Regardless of whether you like tattoos or not, make no mistake, they are art – a permanent form of expression etched into the skin of the wearer.
Let’s talk ink. Who has a tattoo? What made you decide to get one? For the un-inked, have you ever considered it?