Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Will You Get A Book Tattoo?

I’ve never given serious consideration to getting a tattoo, not even if my life depended on it (although, when would such a situation ever arise?) But I did think about how cool it would be if there was a movement to tattoo something bookish on one’s body.

Think about it.  We could have millions of human billboards showcasing something or someone that positively promotes all things book – from literacy and free speech to great stories that shape our lives.

Would it be the next cool thing or big idea to have people tattoo quotes from famous writers or to even have images of popular authors adorned on the bodies of others?

Maybe entire book passages could be etched onto one’s back.  Or we can have erotic passages placed by sexual organs.  We can take favorite lines from our all-time books and have them run across our thighs or chests.

What better way to honor the writers and their words than with a permanent tattoo?  Ink commemorating ink! 

The iconography of writers – typewriters, laptops, pens – and of books, shelves, an open book, a printing press – could enjoy a resurgence if placed on the human canvass.

Which author images would become the most prevalent?  Which books would get quoted most frequently?  What would people pair their literary body stains with – names of lovers, images of a beloved pet, or just some random art work?

Tattoos could make a powerful statement on behalf of book lovers, authors, and those involved in the creative and supply side support of books. Sure, people desecrate their bodies when they put tattoos all over their natural and beautiful skin, but if they relate to books at least the pursuit will be meaningful.

Tattoos are very popular now – more than at any time that I can remember.  No longer are they for prisoners, sailors, gang members, and wanna-be tough guys.  Now everybody sports something.  Sometimes entire body parts are covered in this stuff.  My brother-in-law put a tattoo of his deceased Boxer on his arm.  To me, the tattoo is unnecessary and takes away from the natural beauty of the body.  If something is so important to a person they would honor, talk about, and recall this person, thing, or event with ease – no need for a tattoo to remind them.

Still, that said, I would love to see the tattoo population add one more to the collection that highlights the power, joy, and importance of the written word.  Books must never go out of style or be ignored.

Maybe a tattoo of George Orwell’s 1984 would look just right on my chest?


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America and participated in a PR panel at the Sarah Lawrence College Writers Institute Conference.

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