Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Literary Tats

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question for you to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you leave your link in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.
My current tattoo wards off sneak attacks

I'll get it out there right now: I have a tramp stamp. I got it before the term "tramp stamp" became popular. 

It's a Wedjat eye done in black and I got it on vacation in England about ten years ago, which is a different, wine-buzzed story.

Lately I've been thinking about another one. By lately, I mean six years. (You do need time to consider these permanent things.) It took me ten years to figure out my first tattoo, so it'll probably take just as long for Tat the Second.

Just in time, maybe, for my book to be picked up.

In honor of that, I'll get a second tattoo and keep with the Egyptian theme because I've been fascinated with their art work since I was five and went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The lines are clean. Bold. Simplistic. 

In other words, awesome.

Potential Tattoo Candidates

Egyptian God of Writing
He's the scribe of the gods. He's also the god of wisdom. He also has a very neat head.

I have a statue of him doing the scribe thing at home. When my desk isn't a total disaster, he sits on it. Right now, he's hiding among David Eddings and Harry Potter. Coincidence a scribe is sitting with books? Hmmm.

If I got Thoth, I'm not sure where he would go. Maybe on my ribcage. Maybe not. There's not many places you can stick a deity.

The other sun god.

Let me lend a hand.

He created a lot of conspiracy when a pharaoh named Akenaten decided Egypt should go all monotheistic. All portrayals of him make him sort of look like a cross between Jafar and Prince. Not that those have anything to do with him wanting Egypt to worship a disc. (Side note, Akenaten is the dad of King Tut.)

If I got Aten, it should go on my upper back so sun can get into the eye.

For those considering a tattoo: think long and hard before you get inked. What do you want? Where do you want it? How big? Whatever you decided, make sure you can say the same thing a year from now, ten years from now. You don't want to end up like the lady with the Twilight tattoo on Amanda's blog, do you?

For some real literary tattoos, check out Contrariwise.

Have you thought about a tattoo or do you have one? Comment below!

Bonus writerly question: do the people in your head have any?

__________ hit of the day: Halloween by Helloween


  1. So far as "tramp stamps" go, that's a pretty darn cool one.

  2. Wow, that sun tattoo is bright but beautiful. I listed Contrariwise on my RTW post, too! :)

  3. Haha, the people in my head. No, they don't currently have any. But who's to say they won't run out and get one now? ;)

  4. I love the idea of the sun tattoo! Gorgeous.

  5. It's not our fault that "tramp stamps" are in such a useful place! No stretching there, easily concealable but also in a spot you can show it if you want to... <.<
    I love the Egyptian symbols, they have some great ones, especially for inking :D

  6. The Aten is definitely cooooool.

    Well, Rebecca has the band of oak leaves around her left bicep (with claddagh and runes of protection hidden in the foliage).

    I actually wouldn't mind getting that one when the book sells. I don't think I'd ever do the "tramp stamp" (considering how much I tuck in my shirt), but the next one is probably going on the left shoulder blade--St. Michael, maybe, or wolves. I am torn. Which is why it has not happened yet. :-)

  7. LOVE the Egyptian symbols.

    (Fellow owner of a "tramp stamp", here. It's a good location, like Ellen said.)

  8. The Wedjat is very cool. I love the lines of it!

  9. A cross between Jafar and Prince -- HAHAHAHA Oh man I got SUCH an awesome mental image from that description!!

    Egyptian art is so beautiful and obviously quite timeless!

  10. So if I steal your tramp stamp and give it to a character, would that be cool? Eh? Eh?

    Egyptian tattoos: a variety with which you can't go wrong.

  11. Wow, your choices seem so much more profound than mine! :) The sun one is definitely made of awesome.

  12. Thanks for everyone who stopped by and commented. (Also hello to my new followers.)

    And thanks to all who complimented my current tattoo and your feedback on Aten. I'm really leaning towards that right now, but not in yellow. (I've been told yellow is one of those inks you have to reink every so often.)

    Abby - I saw that on your blog. I found it when I was looking for awful tattoos.

    Blue Lipstick Samurai - Feel free to steal the tat - I don't care. (Love your handle BTW.)


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