Ink me...

Okay, that's a lie. I have no tattoos, but only because I'm indecisive and a big wuss when it comes to pain. But thanks to my friend J.A. Saare's insightful comment on last week's blog post, I decided to blog on this topic.

I know some people have negative opinions of people with tattoos. I'm not one of them. To me, tattoos are creative self-expression and show the bearer has confidence. Confidence and creativity are sexy. Just like some people aren't forthcoming with what they write, some get their tattoos in secret spots. A gift they only share with a select few...

Who hasn't used a tattoo to reveal more about their character's traits? What they choose to put on their body and where they choose to put it show so much.

In my erotic vampire short,  my heroine Sydney has a dragon tattoo on her spine. Her dragon's tail has spikes...spikes that look a lot like fangs and reveal a lot more about her than even she guessed. ;)

What about you? Do you have a tattoo? Visible or hidden? And I'd love to hear if any of your characters have tattoos, and what they symbolize.

But before you go...I want to congratulate my friend, Christina Phillips,on signing a two-book deal with Berkley Heat! She's got details on her blog all about her upcoming books!

And my good friend and CP, Helen Hardt, has a release this Friday. Blood Wolf won The Wild Rose Press's Got Wolf competition last year and is the perfect choice to get you in the mood for Halloween!

Okay, just one more...LOL

Please be sure to stop back on Friday when my friend and fellow Scarlet Rose author, Lynne Roberts, stops by to pop her publishing cherry in a big way with her first release, First Date!


Lynne Roberts said...

Wow, Cari. Thank you. : )

And yay for Helen. I can't wait to read Blood Wolf!

Ok, the question was about tattoos.
Do I like them? It depends on the tattoo. I dislike a lot of little tattos all over the body.

If you'd like, I'll send you a couple of tattoos that I love!

I don't have one because I can never make up my mind. I mean a tattoo is forever so I'm really going to have to love it for the long haul and I'm also aware that my body will change. What looks good on my now, isn't going to look that great in say 20 years.

So I think I'm likely to stay a tattoo virgin.

Thanks again for the shout out. : )

Ashley N said...

I've never been opposed to tattoos and would like to get one. But like you, I'm indecisive. I've told myself that if I want the same thing in the same place for at least a year then I might consider realistically getting it. I've always wanted some sort of Celtic knotwork piece, but nothing has really jumped out at me yet.

April Vine said...

Hey Cari
Oh, I would love to get a tattoo, it’s on my before I die list. Although I wonder if age has anything to do with it? Does it? So I guess I’ll get it in a secret place, just for a select one!
And I can never say this enough, huge congrats Christina, Helen and Lynne on your new Scarlet. And eagerly awaiting yours, Cari!

Have a fun day : )

Shelley Munro said...

I like tattoos, but on other people. I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to the thought of the needle used to do the tattoos. That said, I'm happy to inflict tattoos on my characters and do so often. As you mention, a tattoo is a great characterization tool.

Christina Phillips said...

Aw thanks for the shout out, Cari!

As for tattoos I'm far too much of a needle coward to inflict that kind of pain on myself! I do like gorgeous fantasy tatts, though. Although now I think about it I haven't given any of my characters one. Yet!!

Kaily Hart said...

I LOVE tattoos. I don't have any myself, but that's only because I have a major needle phobia (otherwise, I would have something small, disceet and meaningful)! I am drawn to people with tattoos and have to sometimes remind myself not to stare. I always wonder about their significance and what led them to get their specific designs. I read a really high statistic recently (can't remember the specifics), but the number of young adults who have tattoos these days is incredibly high. I love to give my characters tattoos. In my first manuscript my hero has a large tattoo on one side of his torso. It's fairly graphic of an inner beast ripping through skin to get out. I searched for ages online until I found the right one. It's a reminder for the hero of where he came from and what is really (as he believes) lurking beneath his surface. He's internally tortured, of course! I write to the extreme alpha male so a tattoo is a great way to add to that and an effective way to reveal something of their past or makeup.

I don't know you guys, but congratulations Christina, Helen and Lynne!! I applaud and admire anyone who is successful in this industry!

Helen Hardt said...

Thanks for the shout out, hon!

Tattoos? I love them when they're tastefully done. A Celtic band on a muscular male upper arm? Be still my heart... I've been trying to talk my dh into one of those. My tattoo of choice (I don't have it yet) would be a dragon on my lower back. Not too large, just enough to peek out of low cut jeans. I was born in the year of the dragon. I'm not scared of needles or pain -- but I am scared of dirty tattoo parlors. I just need to buckle down and do the research to find a reputable one.

Lia Slater said...

Like you, Cari, I'm too indecisive to choose one. lol! But I think they're very sexy on a man, if not overdone.

J.A. Saare said...

Hey Everyone *coughs* I guess I'll break the mold!

I have four tattoos. One on my shoulder, one on each hip, and one on my forearm. They are a unicorn (shoulder), Chinese character for family (left hip), The Tramp from Lady and the Tramp (right hip) and the lyrics, "This sun is a star in someone else's sky. This moon is making someone cry." from the Stella Soliel version of NIN's A Warm Place (there is also the NIN's Slip infinity circle in the center). I'm planning my fifth soon (nil desperandum aka "Do not despair", on my other forearm).

It's my body, and I know they will be there forever. That's all right with me. *smile*

This is who I am. I like alternative music, horror movies, and tend to veer toward the dark side. But if someone else doesn't, that's cool too.The world's a big place. There is plenty of room for all of us. I only wish people could learn to accept that some choices aren't theirs to make.

Thanks for thinking of me, Cari. I'm honored to have inspired a blog!!!

And a huge congrats to Helen, Christina, and Lynne!


Had to re-do my comment. Sorry! The above goof is mine!

Juliana Stone said...

Hey Cari! Good question. I told myself that if I sold my book I'd celebrate and get a tattoo of a jaguar on my shoulder...still haven't done it, but I really do aim for real, one day soon... :-)