Book Review: The Word Made Flesh, edited by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor

Filled with photos and personal stories, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide has not only direct quotes, but tattoos that involve portraiture, illustrations and even simple punctuation marks. It’s a beautiful tribute to the written word.

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No Touching! And Other Useful Rules for Tattoo Etiquette

[Original publication date: July 21, 2011]

Anyone who has been around me (either online or in real life) for the past week or so knows how very, very irritated I was by the “tattoo etiquette” piece from the New York Times‘ City Critic. The writer, Neil Genzlinger, interviewed NY Ink star Ami James – that part actually isn’t so bad – and then came up with a list of rules for etiquette on the part of both the tattooed and the admirer. Read More No Touching! And Other Useful Rules for Tattoo Etiquette

Dispatches From Ladyblogland: Entertainment Edition

Greetings, one and all. Shall we take a stroll through a few internet neighborhoods and see what’s been happening in Ladyblogland? This week’s feminist dispatches center around our entertainment.

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The Psychology of Letting Go

TW: death, suicide

Last July, my friend J was found in a park, dead by his own hand. And I lost it. I’m still not completely sure why: though he’d been a huge influence on me, he’d also been out of my life for several years.  Read More The Psychology of Letting Go

Lunchtime Poll: Show Me Your Ink

12 years ago, I got my first tattoo. Six years ago, I got my second tattoo. This year, I got two tattoos. You know what that means, right? A six-year Fibonacci sequence. Sorry, mom, but in 2018 I’m due for three new ones, five new ones in 2024, and it’s just going to snowball after that. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Show Me Your Ink