I don’t have a tattoo. I don’t have plans to get myself a tattoo. I don’t even know that much about tattoos.
But we’re talking about tattoos at Tweetspeak this month as part of our September theme and our book club this month on Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. It’s a subject that touches on identity and meaning going far deeper than ink on skin.
It’s not exactly like drawing on the back of your hand with a Sharpie pen during math class. … Tattoos say something, and tattoos are permanent in ways that transcend the fact that they don’t wash off. Mark Doty writes of permanence in his poem “My Tattoo”
would you want
spoken on your skin
your whole life through?
I tried to picture what
I’d never want erased
Stop by Tweetspeak Poetry and join in, even if you’re not reading the book, and even if you don’t have plans for a tattoo either. It’s a fascinating discussion.
And while you’re there, I have a fresh new batch of beautiful, interesting, comical and helpful links to art, beauty, business and poetry in This Week’s Top Ten Poetic Picks. This week we’re featuring a story about an artist who lets her 4-year-old finish her drawings (will delight you), Emily Dickinson’s pickup lines (not recommended that you use them, if you actually want a date), and music played from the inner rings of trees (breathtaking). Go get ’em while they’re hot.
Photo by suicine, Creative Commons via Flickr.