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."
"What'd you do?"
"She has a tattoo," I say, shrugging.
"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?