Pen & Ink hits stores in exactly two weeks. Any and all pre-orders (which you can place here, here, here, or here) would greatly help us in launching the book. We really can’t overstate how much every single pre-order helps. We’ve been working so hard to get to this moment, and are incredibly grateful to you for championing Pen & Ink to the finish line.
Today on Cool Stuff in the Mail: Pen & Ink (Oct. 7) tells the stories behind famous and ordinary people’s tattoos. Here are some highlights:
Writer Roxane Gay on her arm tattoos: “I hardly remember not hating my body. I got most of my seven arm tattoos when I was nineteen. I wanted to be able to look at my body and see something I didn’t loathe, that was part of my body by my choosing entirely. Really, that’s all I ever wanted.” (Side note: Did you hear her Weekend Edition interview?)
Master’s degree student Kriste York on her map tattoo: “I marked my 40th birthday with this tattoo, thus becoming a human RV. Once a year I’ll fill in the states I’ve visited since my last birthday, with the goal of coloring them all in before I turn fifty in 2023. I live in Oregon and the words in the banner are our state motto: ‘She flies with her own wings.’”
Copywriter Christine Hostetler on her bee tattoo: “When we were little, my sister and I would race after bees in the lavender bushes and try to pet them without getting stung. [Ed. Note: !?!?!?!] We were in awe of their tiny stingers that could bring a grown man down.”
Writer Chris Colin on his bunny tattoo: “I got this tattoo because I suspected one day I would think it would be stupid. I wanted to mark time, or mark the me that thought it was a good idea.”
thanks for the love, NPR!!
Left: every single drawing and hand-lettered story that went into making Pen & Ink. Right: Pen & Ink.
Costumes of the SF (outdoor) Opera
every blue advertisement from all the art magazines I collected between 1997-1999
We are thrilled to announce that Bloomsbury, aka the fine folk publishing Pen & Ink(out October 7th of this year, which you can pre-order here, here, here, or here, Mom), has acquired our second book: Knives & Ink. It will feature the tattoos of illustrious chefs ranging from the Michelin-starred to the down ‘n dirty, and the rich personal stories behind them.
We’ll have more information for you soon, but we are stoked beyond belief and couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer. We can’t wait to share these books with you!