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My First Tattoo, Revealed!

Cinder 2012
If you missed the excitement on Twitter, I got my first tattoo a couple weeks ago!

The inspiration behind my tattoo came a few years ago when I was chatting about tattoos with some friends and what we might get if we ever took the plunge. I'd always kind of wanted one, but it was important to me to wait until I had an idea that I knew I would never tire of and that would never lose its meaning. One of my friends suggested getting a tattoo to celebrate my first book if/when I finally got published.

So that's what I did!

My tattoo was OFFICIALLY REVEALED in this interview with Danny Marks (@DannyMarksYA on Twitter) of the YA Rebels over the weekend. It was great fun, despite the poor lighting and echoey noises from the next-door cafe.

As the initial idea was to get a tattoo of a book upon my first publication, I determined to get a stack of four books instead, one for each of the Lunar Chronicles.

The top, open book is for "all the books still to come."

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

(Okay, actually it just looked incomplete with only three books stacked below.)

Anyone out there have any geeky, book-loving tattoo stories to share?


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Apr. 18th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
I really like your tattoo.
Chrystal M
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Tattoo Idea
Love the tattoo. I`ve been wanting one for years and kept saying on this special birthday I will get one... but then I chicken out. I have three I keep deciding between: skeleton key (represents the ability to open locked doors), a lady bug (for luck) or something bookish. :) I still can`t decide. LOL
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
YAY for finally getting that tattoo~ \o/

I love the meaning~ And, would you know, I especially love the "all the books still to come". I'm sure that's one thing that will definitely come true in your future! <3
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Love it!
So glad you got such a meaningful tattoo!! It looks very nice :D


Edited at 2012-04-18 05:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 18th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Rachel Simon
Apr. 18th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Love your tattoo. I'm determined to get an Animorphs related tattoo (if/when I ever get an agent or book deal or anything like that, or heck even self-publish it lol). They were a sci-fi series for kids in the 1990s/early 2000s and I wrote fan fic based off of them and then eventually got to writing my OWN writing stuff. :)
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
That's an awesome idea! I was just on a panel with Michael Grant a couple weeks ago, he was very funny and told tons of fascinating stories.
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
It was a bit hard to hear but that video/interview was awesome! I've never heard of Danny Marks before but he's so funny!

And of course, I loooooooooooove your tattoo! I love all the meaning behind it - I hate hearing about people who are all excited because they spontaneously get a tattoo and think they're awesome. No, just no. You have to think reeeeally hard about it and plan for the future. I got mine on my 18th to celebrate finally entering the age where I would learn to stand on my own two feet (lol and yet had nothing to do with the placement on the ankle) and the word just because I was all fandomy about my life, lol. I explain it better her e if you want to check it out but yeah. I LOVE the four books/top one open for all the books to come idea. That is smart. AND a conversation starter if you're ever in line for something and someone asks you what it's for/about :)
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
You should post a picture of your tattoo! I love the idea, but it's always cooler to actually see it than have it explained. ^_^

And yes, Danny Marks is HILARIOUS, and his book (Velveteen, which comes out this fall), sounds incredibly eerie. *shivers*
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Beautiful tattoo! I really like the meaning behind it and the fifth open book. Looking forward to all the books still to come :-)
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
It looks really good! And the video was awesome. You looked super cute <3
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I love your tattoo! I think its a fabulous representation of works to come and there is plenty of room around it if you ever want to embellish it more.
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
YAY! I love your tattoo. <3 It is awesome. And it looks so pretty :) And I love what it means to you. Thank you so much for sharing :D I have a tattoo as well; which I got in October :) Here it is:
Love, Carina
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh wow, your tattoo is so YA-lit cool! I bet you get tons of comments on it.
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you :D Well, I don't really. But then, I live in a small town in Norway ;p
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Love that tattoo!
It's gorgeous -- the symbolic 5th+ book is esp nice. Congratulations!! Liz S.
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Love that tattoo!
<3 Thanks, Liz!
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I think that really is a very meaningful tattoo! It's absolutely perfect and well worth the wait!
Apr. 20th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hi. I'm 12 and I won the book Cinder in a magazine. I LOVE IT! The most amazing and incredible story I've read for a long ... Long time! About the tattoos.... I would of gotten , if I was you , like the cover of Cinder. They mechanical foot but tattooed on to your foot. Basically , what Cinder has but as a tattoo onto your foot... I'm gonna get that down on a tiny bit of my arm when I'm older...

Thank you so much for writing this book! X
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Ha, I did have people asking me if I'd gotten the shoe, but I didn't want to be so literal, plus I like the idea of it representing me as a writer, not just the specific book. ^__^

I do, however, want stockings with cyborg parts on them - how cool would that be?

So glad you enjoyed the book!
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Actually looks a little like tiny angel wings
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
You're tattoo looks fantastic! I love the stack topped by the open book :)

I'm still tempted by the thought of getting "It is a truth universally acknowledged... etc." twirling around my wrist, but am just not sure. Plus there's the fact that my mum would no doubt kill me (despite being 24 and therefore allowed to do these kinds of things, lol).
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like the idea, but I think if there's any doubt, you shouldn't get it. I waited until I was 100% sure of what I wanted, and I couldn't be happier!
May. 13th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
My husband-to-be is an author and recently got a tattoo to celebrate it! It takes up a large portion of his right arm and consists of a feather quill pen, an open book, and an ink well. Here is a link to his blog post and awesome tattoo!
May. 15th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's impressive! And I love his idea to fill the rest of the area with steampunk and sci-fi goodness. How cool!
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