For my upcoming birthday, my daughter wants us to get tattoos. I'll pass since I'm not crazy about paying to have someone cause me pain, but I do like the tattoo she has picked out for us.
Tattoos have found their way into a number of contemporary fiction titles, the most notable being John Irving's Until I Find You [F IRV]. Here's the publisher's description of the story:
Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents.
When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead – has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher."
For those of you who like true stories, we have a memoir of a woman tattoo artist, Karol Griffin called Skin Deep: Tattoos, the Disappearing West, Very Bad Men, and My Deep Love for Them All [B GRI].
TV viewers can get their fill of true tattoo stories by tuning into Miami Ink.