P – Phoenix Tattoo and Jade Eby

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I have been doing #tattootuesday for over two years now and my favorite tattoo on a writer that I have met is Jade Eby. Her Phoenix tattoo is absolutely amazing. She is a cute little thing and she can carry off this big bad a– tattoo. Check it out.

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Jade is a pretty awesome writer, too. Check out her latest.

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We are over half way through the A to Z Blog Challenge. How are you doing? 

O – Old School Tattoos

OI had to share a few of my favorite tattoos styles on my favorite tattooed authors.

Old School Tattoos – When talking tattoos, a “Sailor Jerry” reference may get tossed around a few times. This classic style, also called “old school” or “traditional,” is a throwback to the art form’s golden age. “It’s been around for only 150 years, give or take,” explains Manino. “Very Western in design, typically done in three parts; one part black, one part color and one part skin. Thick lines are always used, and the motifs are typically nautical and military in theme. Eagles, anchors, swallows, hearts and banners, etc.” – Courtesy of A Guide to Tattoo Styles: Part 2

Claudia Bradsaw – I’d say my most meaningful tattoo is the memorial piece I had done for my grandparents. Shortly after I lost my grandfather, who was my favorite person and an avid bird watcher, I heard the song Birds by Neil Young on the radio and these lyrics helped me with his loss “When you see me Fly away without you Shadow on the things you know Feathers fall around you And show you the way to go.” and so I wanted something to remind me that they were still there with me even though they were gone… So I got two birds flying through forget-me-not flowers.

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Season Vining – Third was the tattoo I’d been wanting for years. Two old school swallows on each side of my chest. I love these birds so hard. I am a fan of the more traditional tattoo flash and these are my tribute to that. They took three hours to complete and are still my favorite.

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Tattoo by Luke Wessman – my favorite tattooer.
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I don’t personally have an old school tattoo, but I love them. Nice to see how far tattoos have come.

If you want to be featured on Tattoo Tuesday in the future, please let me know in the comments.

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N – Nautical Stars and other Motivational Tattoos

NMy tattoos celebrate, motivate and guide me in my passions. They help me stay on task, stay focused. They remind me of where I have been and where I am going. Here are a few other author motivational tattoos.

My nautical star in green and black. Reminds to to stay the course. photo 2

A permanent reminder so I don’t forget – Kate Byrne

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I love watercolor tattoos and wanted a feather pen with the word believe for my writing endeavors. – Lori L. Clark
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Reminds her to be her best all the time.  – Seasons Vining
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What word/sentence/image motivates you? 

 

M – Mary Palmerin

MI met Mary at my first book signing in February in Austin. She and a girl friend drove down from Indiana, rolled into town, got a tattoo on her arm in the shape of Texas and signed some books and rolled out. That how I like to roll, too. – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

1. How old were you when you got your first tattoo? I got my first tattoo a few weeks after my 18th birthday. I was terrified, so I started out small. I got a tiny, pink ‘M’ on the back of my right hip. The pain was nothing and I loved it!

2. How many tattoos do you have? I can’t count my tattoos now :) I consider them “pieces”. For instance, I have my entire back done (my back pieces). They are several tattoos, separate ones, that have eventually just covered my back. I have my left arm pieces which consist of a my half sleeve, forearm, back of arm, and wrist. I have chest pieces on my sides as well as a left tricep piece. I added a new one on my right inner arm too! I have large thigh tattoos on both legs, calf tats, feet, and more! If I had to try to count, around 30-40!

3. What inspired you to get you first tattoo or favorite tattoo? My first tattoo was of course, our of rebellion. I will be the first to admit that. However, as I matured and understood the beauty and meaning, I began to appreciate it on am entirely different level. Every tattoo that I have Hilda great meaning to me, telling a story that is significant in my life. I can’t pick a favorite; some tell stories of love, sorrow, and loss while faith is scripted on my skin as well. I am proud of every single one.

4. Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why? I love tattoos. They are exotic, beautiful, and the makings of a person’s story. I also understand that not everyone likes them. My husband does not have any.

5. Do the character’s in your books have tattoos? If so pick a character and tell me their tattoo story? Yes!!!!! Lyla, the main heroine within The Scars and Sorrow Saga who is a lot like me, has three, all of which I have myself. Hers mean a lot. She has a lotus flower. They are gorgeous blooms that are a symbol of enlightment. They start their journey is dark, murky water; not an ideal or pretty environment. Yet, they rise to surface when they are ready to bloom, showing that beauty is possible through ugly. Lyla is proof of that. Her lotus flower is on her ribs while mine is on my foot. She also has the Virgin Mary along her spine, as faith is important to her. I have the same, though mine is on my chest. Lastly, she has ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ in Hebrew between her shoulders, a mantra she tries so hard to live by. I have that in regular English on my back, something I try to remember.

collage_20150130191744015-2If you want to connect with Mary, check her and her books out online.

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L – Laura Kaye & Lola Star

LI picked these two authors to feature today because they both write characters from the point of view of tattoo shop owners. My dream job (after being a published author) would be to own a tattoo shop. Even though I have no artist ability, it would be fun to be around all those talented, creative people. I haven’t been in one tattoo shop where the people in it didn’t love their job.

18680106Hard as It Gets (Hard Ink, #1) by Laura Kaye 

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge..

18102898Tattered Love (Needle’s Kiss Book 1) by Lola Star 

When ex-Special Ops bad-ass Mace walks into Needle’s Kiss tattoo parlour, he never expected to find the girl who would turn his life upside down.

Hard as nails Scarlett has been unlucky in love: she’s been burnt, chewed up and spat out. Reluctant to have another relationship, can she keep her wits about her when hot-as-sin Mace walks into her tattoo parlor? Or will he break her down and leave his mark within her ink?

What starts out as a little fun, turns into something so much more.

Can Scarlett look beyond Mace’s devastating past or will his demons come back to haunt them both?

Content warning: contains steamy, anywhere-goes sex, an alcohol induced embarrassing night out and two headstrong lovers taken on a whirlwind of crazy.

We need to some how get Nicholas & Scarlett in the same room together. Maybe at a tattoo convention or something. 

K – Key Word Tattoo

KTattoos have gained popularity in pop culture and it seems like everyone is getting one. Tattoo’ed characters and books about tattoo culture have increased as well.

When I typed ‘tattoo’ in the keyword in Amazon Romance, it came up with 1,387 entries.

These romance books are further divided into sub categories. The top three highest:  Contemporary, New Adult/College, Romantic Suspense

The bottom three:  Christian Romance, Time Travel & African American Romance
There are another 20 more categories including, Science Fiction, Gothic & Military

If you are into tattoo romance, you have plenty to choose from.

On another note, I got this cute little tattoo when I published my second book:

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Have a great week everyone!!

J – Japanese Tattoos

JJapanese tattoos and writing are a tenuous relationship, but stick with me. I have my reasons. I love japanese tattoos. I love them so much that I have a tattoo design that I want so bad, but I haven’t done it yet because it is a big tattoos and tattoo’s aren’t cheap. It is what I would call my bucket list tattoo. I have to accomplish a couple writer related goals before I can get it.

  • Goal #1 – Make the US or Amazon Best Seller List
  • Goal #2 – Surpass my day job salary in royalties
  • Goal #3 – Write full time.

Do you set goals? How do you plan to celebrate reaching your goals? 

Here is some of the inspirations for my Japanese tattoo. It will be a cool combination of a koi fish and a dragon.

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