Japanese 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.
Jen, welcome to Tattoo Tuesday. Your five questions start now:
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? I was 18
How many tattoos do you have? If only one, do you want more? I only have one, and I’ve always thought I’d get more. I’m a big scuba diver, so I’ve wanted to get a dive flag on my hip….but I kept waiting for my hips to get to that “perfect” size. I need to just do it!
What inspired you to get your first tattoo or favorite tattoo? Tell me your tattoo story. I was very into dragons and I found this wicked image of one. (Fantasy writer, you know 😉 Unfortunately, the parlor I went to had just hired a new artist and instead of getting the guy I wanted, I ended up as this chick’s guinea pig….it’s always looked like a jail tat (nothing against jail tats) but it could have been such a great tat (it looks pretty much nothing like the original image!). Now it’s twenty something years old, and looks awful. I’m secretly hoping someone will hear my story on your blog and want to do a tat makeover *laugh* I learned a very valuable lesson about speaking up for what I want though.
Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why? I wouldn’t mind if he had one. Maybe a nice tribal around his arm (how cliche, I know, but so hot). Funnily enough, out of the four married couples we hang out with, all the girls are tatted, but none of the guys.
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? Always! I love ink. Love everything about why someone gets one… Because like you said, there’s always a story. My time traveler, Evy, was a custom bike builder before she started fixing history so she had tats before the story started. Now she gets them at the beginning and end of every history alteration. They mark her time since time no longer has meaning for her. The last one she got was from a tattoo artist in ancient Spain.
From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen is also a professional ghost and writes everything from billionaire legacies to romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile. She’s a mama writer, unleashing stories.
No one had to convince me to get a tattoo because, well, I have wanted one for as long as I can remember. But, over the years, I have convinced two friends to get tattoos. So, I asked them recently, how did you let me talk you into getting a tattoo?
Friend #1 – The week I returned home after law school, I wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate the occasion. This was tattoo #2 and I had such a great experience with tattoo #1, I wanted to share this one with someone. Cue my work friend that had turned into one of my closest friends. It really didn’t take much convincing, but I recall before this occasion we had never had one conversation about tattoos prior to this day. So, how did I convince her? She said I was so excited about sharing the experience with her she didn’t have the heart to say no she didn’t want one. Now, how is that for friendship. She ended up getting a connected female/male symbol on her lower stomach. She didn’t regret it and we have this great memory to share.
Friend #2 – Tattoo #3 is my favorite and I got it from Gabe Shum at Ace Dragon Tattoo in Hong Kong. Brilliant tattoo artist by the way. If you want a dragon, he is the go to guy. My friend’s boyfriend and I were going to get tattoos. He had one already and wanted to get a dragon on her upper arm. Now, my friend is the type of person I though would never get a tattoo. I realize now that you can’t assume that about anyone. She sat and watch her boyfriend and I talk about and plan and schedule our tattoos for months. (Gabe usually has a waiting list). She went with us to the tattoo shop. Her boyfriend gets his tattoo and then I get mine. The entire time, I am telling her to go ahead get one. And telling her what a bad ass she would be if she had a tattoo. As we were wrapping my tattoo up, she decides to get one. A small dragon on her lower stomach. Seems to be the place for spur of the moment tattoos. She said, she saw how excited we were about our tattoos, she wanted to experience it herself. Now, she wants to get an entire back piece. We created a monster.
One of my favorite episodes of Friends is when Phoebe convinces Rachel to get a tattoo with her. Phoebe decided to get a Lily, “For my mom because her name is Lily.” Later at the shop, Rachel get her heart shape tattoo on her hip. Then, when Rachel asked to see Phoebe’s tattoo, she didn’t get it. “The guy came in with needles and did you know they do this with needles.” and then Rachel replies, “Really, you don’t say because mine was licked on by kittens.”
After getting her back in the chair, the artist touched Phoebe once and she jump out of the chair and left. In sharing the story with the “friends” later, she says “For your information, this is exactly what I wanted. This is a tattoo of the earth as seen from a great great distance. It’s the way my mother sees me from heaven.” Cue the aahh track.
Needless to say, you should get a tattoo for yourself, but getting a tattoo with friends can be a great bonding experience. But, please make sure you want one the tattoo in the first place. As you know, they are permanent.
I am still taking submissions for tattoo stories. If you would like to be a part of Tattoo Tuesday, let me know in the comments.