Check It Out: Inspiration for ink
This week's list of recommended readings is twofold: authors who inspire tattoos, and books inspired by tattoos.
"In terms of popularity, I've found an enormous number of Tolkien and Harry Potter tattoos. Lewis Carroll's Alice seems to be very popular with female twenty-somethings. Kurt Vonnegut (in particular: 'So it goes.'), Sylvia Plath ('I am. I am. I am.), and Jeanette Winterston are also very popular, as well as Shakespeare and e.e. cummings," Jen says. "Religious tattoos are very common as well, I've found, particularly with those in the miliary."
Marybeth adds J.D. Salinger, S.E. Hinton, Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac, "I figure they show up a lot because a lot of people in the early to mid 20s tattoo age bracket are big fans of their work," she says.
And for those who are interested in the tattoo world, here's a short list to satisfy your curiousity, and perhaps inspire you to get your own.
Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh, by Ina Saltz
Tattoos, by Mitch O'Connell
Tattoo, by Dale Rio
Ink, by Terisa Green
Enjoy! And let me know if you discover any others...