Everyone can name his or her favorite quotation from an author. But not everyone has the nerve to wear it forever on their skin. The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide introduces us to the amazing, emerging subculture of literary tattoos, in a full-color guide that includes quotations from favorite writers, beloved lines of verse, literary portraits, and illustrations.
Encompassing writers from Shakespeare to Rimbaud to Bukowski to Shel Silverstein, The Word Made Flesh is part photo book, part voyeur’s guide, part cultural artifact, and part literary anthology written on skin.
About the book:
Complete with 100 full-color photographs of literary tattoos the world over, The Word Made Flesh is accompanied by an introduction and interstitial commentary from the editors, authors Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, as well as textual excerpts from some of the famous, tattoo-inspiring works.
Each photograph is accompanied by a statement from the tattoo-bearer, ranging from a few words—where the tattoo was done and when—to a paragraph or two about the reason for the inking, the personal significance of the work of literature chosen, or how its meaning has evolved. “You’ll find all kinds of testimony about the inspirations behind the tattoos: favorite books of childhood; commemorations of triumphant (or tragic), moments in lives; affirmations of friendship; drunken whims that might have (but didn’t!), become cause for regret…” say Taylor and Talmadge.
The book launch party will be held at powerHouse Arena, Wednesday, October 20, 7–9PM.
Interview with the authors:
Video by Devereux Milburn. Check out their Tumblr Page Tattoolit.