Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Literary tattoos absolutely fascinate me - I am secretly very tempted to get a book-related tattoo. Don't worry it's not actually going to happen. I'm way too scared of needles and saggy old lady skin to get inked. But I can now live vicariously through this awesome book! The Word Made Flesh is a compilation of book/author/writing/publishing/librarianship tattoos along with the stories behind the tattoos and why each person chose to get one. They range from the highbrow (Whitman, cummings, etc) to the more...popular (a Twilight sleeve). My favorite were the library-related tattoos (dewey decimal number for poetry) and the ones relating to children's books. My favorite story was about a woman who met Eric Carle at an event and had him draw the Very Hungry Caterpillar on her arm in sharpie. Then she ran to the tattoo shop and got it permanently inked! How awesome to have an original Eric Carle illustration on your arm??
I can't recommend this book enough. It was hilarious and charming and perfect for book lovers! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP. And a HUGE thank you to HarperCollins for sending the book. It made my day!
Posted by Julie G at 5:57 PM