Jade, welcome to Tattoo Tuesday. Your five questions start now:
1. How old were you when you got your first tattoo? I was just a youngin when I got my first tattoo — 18.
2. How many tattoos do you have? If only one, do you want more? Right now I have 7 tattoos and I’m already planning my next one! I am *slightly* obsessed with ink and if I could, I’d be totally covered in them. I don’t have pictures of them all, but I have one on my foot, two on my stomach, one on my hip, a full rib piece on my right side, a small tattoo on my upper left rib cage and a half sleeve.
3. What inspired you to get your first tattoo or favorite tattoo? Tell me your tattoo story. My first tattoo is very special as I got it with my sister and she actually hadn’t turned 18 yet so my parents signed a waiver so we could them done together. It’s the same tattoo just on opposite sides of our feet. It’s a Celtic knot with our initials. We grew up best friends and it was so cool to do something that signified our closeness. Even though it wasn’t *that* long ago that I got it, it feels like eons ago and I hardly remember whether it hurt or not.But my favorite tattoo is my most recent one. I’d been really thinking about a special tattoo for a while but I promised myself I would not get it until I published my first book. And honestly, I thought it would never happen.
Except it did.
So I decided to follow through on my promise. I found a fantastic artist near me, Cory Abernathy at Rubber Monkey Tattoo Shop and he took my idea and turned it into a magnificient replication of my imagination. The phoenix on my upper arm (when it’s done will be a half sleeve) is gorgeous. Full of all my favorite colors and so vivid. It’s representative of not just the trials I’ve overcome in my life but particularly important to my writing life. Because as a writer, I don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to give up. But every time I come up against an obstacle, I break down the walls and get back to it. It’s also a Harry Potter reference because, well, I’m a Harry Potter nerd 🙂
My third tattoo, which is a cancer ribbon, is very near to me as I have many family members that have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s on my ribs to remind me just how close to the heart cancer survivors are to me.
4. Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why? I LOVE tattoos, period. So the fact that my husband has some is just natural. He has one on his back and he’s working on a half sleeve which I find incredibly sexy. He has these great arms too, so when it’s finished, it’s going to look badass.
5. Do the character’s in your books have tattoos? If so, pick a character and tell me his or her tattoo story? Why was this story incorporated in the book? I feel like characters with tattoos is getting to the point of cliche in books now. It seems like every time I pick up a book, the characters all have one. That’s cool though, because it’s showing how far our society has come in accepting them. That said — I do have a few characters that have tattoos. In my new novel, THE FINISH, one of my main characters has a sleeve of tattoos on both arms and I love the way it fits into her personality. She’s kind of crazy and wild but she’s completely unique and fresh in my eyes. I just love her to pieces.
Once upon a time there was a little girl who fell in love with books then she grew up to write her own.
Jade has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) seven times and enjoys copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing, she enjoys trashy reality T.V. and reading everything she can get her hands on.
Mommy to two dogs and two naughty kitties, she feels like she might be on her way to having a zoo. You can find her on almost every social networking site that aids in her procrastination.
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