Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Got A Tattoo!

Yeah, not really. The proper title for this post should be: I Got A (Fake) Tattoo! 


Sorry, tricksies! I've gotten a few fake tattoos in swag before, but this one is the only one I've ever wanted to actually put on. It's so pretty! 





I got it when I went to the autograph luncheon that I blogged about earlier this week. It's from Shannon Alexander's book, Love and Other Unknown Variables. In the beginning, the main character sees this tattoo on the back of a girl's neck he's standing in line behind. Here, lemme, just let you read it:


It's a symbol- infinity. There's a cursive word included in the bottom of one of the loops, but I can't read it because one of the girl's short curls is in the way. 

Before I realize what I'm doing, I sweep away the hair at the nape of her neck. She shudders and spins around so fast that my hand is still midair.  


And here's this, too, b/c I love the exchange w/his best friend afterwards:


Mercifully, Greta whispers, "I thought she was going to punch you."

"Me, too."

"What'd you do?"

"She has a tattoo," I say, shrugging.

"And?"

"And, I may have touched it." 

Greta's mouth hangs open, a perfect donut.

"Fine. I touched it."
 
If I ever do swag someday, I think I just might include fake tattoos. But like w/this one, I would want it to mean something to the story. So if it was my YA historical fantasy... I think I'd go with an old-timey pistol. For my YA dystopian, it'd be chains. The sci-fi short I just finished would have to be a lizard. And for the MG ghost story I'm getting ready to start, a holly berry and leaf. 


How 'bout you all? If you were going to pick an image for a fake tattoo, what would best represent your book?   

52 comments:

  1. Love the first part of that excerpt! I have ALWAYS wanted to get a tattoo. My saying that probably bugs those people who actually have tattoos. I pretty much know what I want and where I want it: on my wrist. It will happen someday soon...

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  2. That is so pretty, Leandra! I love the idea of using fake tattoos as swag, too. And I really enjoyed that excerpt. I would get a real tattoo if I wasn't such a scaredy cat. Not sure what kind of tattoo would best represent one of my stories, but if I was getting one just for me, a real one, it would probably be a dragonfly. It is one of my animal spirit guides. :)

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    1. Dragonflies are neat! I will never get a real tattoo, as the thought of something I can never take off terrifies me!

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    2. Yeah, the thought of it is pretty scary, that's why I'd make sure it's something that has deep meaning to me, and I certainly wouldn't get it done by just any tattoo artist. Maybe someday--when I have my first book published, maybe? I can dream, right? ;)

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  3. LOL, I guess the girl didn't punch him, but I wonder what she said ... Guess I'd need to read the book.

    You know I have tattoo swag for my book, and I wear one -- a family crest -- on my wrist at most book events where there will be kids and I'm giving them away. Have I thought about getting a real one? Yes, but never very seriously.

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    1. That's cool that you wear them to book events, I'm sure the kids think so, too. And, yeah, fake is probably as close as I'll ever get!

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  4. Hmmm, I've never considered that. Maybe some kind of "the pen is mightier than the sword" line or "the course of true love never did run smooth". So, yeah, probably some scripted font. I can't think of an image... Maybe something to do with hearts :)

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  5. That book sounds like a great read! Love that tattoo too, even if it is just temporary. If I were going to do a tattoo for one of my series, it would be a phoenix.

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  6. You sure got me. ;) But that is a cute fake tattoo. I have a real tattoo...a dragonfly. I'll have to think about a fake tattoo for my book. :)

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    1. Dragonflies must be popular, Gisele up at the top mentioned wanting a dragonfly!

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  7. For a fake tattoo, it's really pretty.

    If I was to get a fake one based on my books, it'd be the symbols I made for the elemental clans. If I was to get a real one, it'd be End of Town (Town's End or Townsend) in kanji (even though it's not a traditional Japanese name and kanji wouldn't be the appropriate way to write it). I'd put it near my other one of my maiden name: 森

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    1. Elemental clan symbols sound pretty cool, if I do say so myself!

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  8. LOL! Your swag tattoos are definitely going to be interesting: chains and a lizard. That would be rad. I'll have to go check out Shannon's book!

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  9. You totally got me. =)

    Hm...a fake tattoo? Probably a backwards clock, or the dueling clocks--one running forward, the smaller one running backwards.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. Ooh, the clocks sound like a neat idea, especially since they're on your book covers.

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  10. I'm so glad you like your fake tat! I have a tattoo that is over 20 years old, which I still love. And I'll be getting another soon, the same one you're wearing on your neck, Leandra! My sister helped me design my logo, which is based on Charlotte's tattoo from Love And Other Unknown Variables. I asked her to add a mockingbird feather to the design, both for symbolic reasons and as a tribute to Harper Lee's great work.

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    1. How neat! And I love the tip of the hat to Harper Lee's book. Your sister did a great job, it's very appealing!

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  11. Tattoo swag -- wish I thought to do that. I still can. Maybe a guitar....Except sounds great - such a good teaser.

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    1. You totally still can! And a guitar is perfect. Plus, I think kids would totally dig a guitar tattoo. (can I have one?) ;)

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  12. omg so cute! I love this idea! One of my main character's has a tattoo that would be fun to replicate as swag. It's a deconstructed compass with a couple of unique features to make it interesting. :-) I actually really love this plan for book two. Hmm... Thanks for another great idea!

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    1. That works perfectly w/it being a character's tattoo already(like Shannon's was)!

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  13. That's a gorgeous tattoo!!! If you ever decide to get a real one, that would be a winner :) And I love the idea, too. How fun to figure out what they would be for each book!

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    1. Heh, I am pretty confident a real tattoo will never happen. Which is what made this one so much fun! =)

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  14. I ordered a copy of LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES and am so excited to read it. :)

    As for swag tattoos ... OMGosh, I could totally do some Kevara marks for people's arms! Yes? ;D

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    1. Yes! I like the way you think! =) I also want my own Kevara marks. I could use a marker for right now... ;)

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  15. So cute!! I totally made a ton of fake feather tattoos recently because I rather love them and they fit well with my Sary books :) Plus, they're fun to wear around for a couple of days. I could never commit to a real one, but I do like them!

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    1. I loved those feathers that you featured on your blog that one time! Is that them? And they do fit really well w/your books.

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  16. I thought about using the symbol for the 13th sign of the zodiac for Touch of Death. For The Monster Within it would be a triquetra.

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    1. I had to look up a triquetra- super neat! Either of those would be good ones.

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  17. I'm writing something about a hunky fireman at the moment, so a lick of flame might work.

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  18. I love it! And I love those bits of the book, too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm reading it right now, and it's sooo good!

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  19. Tattoo is such a fun swag idea! I'll have to add that to the list. That I haven't started. I'll have to add "make a swag idea list" to my to do list first...

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    1. There is so much to try and keep track of for future publication, isn't there? What to do/not to do/what seems to work/not work, etc.

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  20. so I see your title and I'm sitting here thinking "after nearly a year of following each others' blogs and chatting away I really feel like I know this girl well enough to know she doesn't seem the tattoo type--I can't believe she did this!! Ha!! Nice fake out! When i was 14 I wore Hanson stick on tattoos lol and I used to love the swarovski crystal tattoos! If I did a fake tattoo for my book it would probably be makeup related, a lip print or something maybe!

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    1. You do know me well! I'm truly not a tattoo girl. =) And I'd forgotten about the crystal ones, pretty! My wedding band is actually from Swarovski, I saw it at one of their stores, and my husband bought it for me for Christmas. I've had it for awhile, and one of the crystals has since fallen out. =( But I still love it! And I love the idea of a lip print, those would totally be awesome for your book. And I can just see them sitting in a cute little bucket on your author table. ;)

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  21. I'm with you on tattoos, mostly because one image seems WAY too permanent. But I love that Hope swirl, that's going on my list of possibles. I fought this awesome image that would be great for my book cover--lightning striking a tree. It's symbolic in my book and the first and only image I thought might make a great tattoo. Until now ...

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    1. That sounds like quite a statement, and trees always make great silhouettes.

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  22. Hmm. That's a tough one...a cow or a brown rose. I'd have to go with the rose...

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  23. ohhh, good question. I have no clue! I'd have to really think about it. ps...the tattoo I want is an infinity sign with flowers representing my kids. neat to see this one.

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    1. That one sounds pretty w/the flowers! Yann, the infinity sign is a pretty cool symbol- before now, I'd never thought about it much.

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  24. What a coincidence that I would stumble upon such a question right now. You might have noticed the Mr Tasi is a tattoo artist. Collaborating with him has opened the possibility for me to possibly get another tattoo for a steep discount. And so, tonight, I've been toying with the idea- What sort of tattoo should I get that represents Silexare, Sky Island Publishing, or A Sawmill's Hope?
    I haven't come to any concrete answers :)

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    1. By the way,
      Another big big reason I was thinking of tattoo ideas, or really just images that can represent Silexare in general, is because I've stumbled upon a series of amazing websites (Redbubble, Designbyhuman, Society6) where you upload your art and people can order it in most any format! Coffee mugs, stickers, pillows, shower curtains, totes, etc.
      If you're earnestly thinking of swag, or any additional revenue streams (okay, maybe revenue trickles at first) you should def check out one of these sites.

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    2. Good luck w/coming up w/your answer! =) And thanks for the tip on those sites, I'd never heard of them before. Which is great, b/c I had no idea where you'd go to try and buy a fake tattoo!

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