Ink, as in Tattoo Ink

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI have to admit that getting a tattoo is never something I considered doing. I never even thought much about ink until I was in college and learned that some people got their fraternity and sorority letters or symbols tattooed on their ankles (and various other places).

No, thank you.

Some of my friends love theirs. Others have had multiple images removed. Ouch, either way.

For my fantasy novel, Hunter Moon, I researched many different tattooing traditions and processes.

The warriors in my fictional world have tribal ink all over their bodies. The designs are invisible, except during religious rituals, mostly, and then they glow a soft blue. This is the bioluminous moon ink I mentioned earlier. The men wear ink, too, but only to show their rank and standing. They do not have citizenship and aren’t allowed moon ink.

"tattoo 022" by bri  via Flicker Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
“tattoo 022” by bri via Flickr Creative Commons Copyright Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyThe photography documented that “Book Worm” hand tattoo here on if you want to see a few images in the process and what her hands looked like after two days.

These are a few links that I found during my edification:

There is SO much information out there, including pictures and designs and warnings and encouragement and videos. I took what I wanted and created the ink laws of the universe for my fantasy. πŸ™‚

Do you have or want tattoos? If so, spill the beans! Or, would you prefer to look at them rather than have them? Would you ever get one that couldn’t be seen except in certain lighting conditions?

A note to the Blogspotters in the A to Z challenge. I’m not able to log in to leave comments (google is weird or my browser settings are weirder), but I’ve been reading and enjoying!

18 comments on… “Ink, as in Tattoo Ink”

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m a chicken, too. I’ll give them to my characters instead. πŸ˜€

  1. I’ve got one. I thought about it for five or six years before I committed, and I do love it, because it’s both pretty and symbolic. It’s between my shoulder blades, which means it can be covered or displayed as the situation warrants.

    I think they can be really beautiful or a hideous mistake, and the difference is research! Also not going to the shop while drunk. Key tip. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      A happy story! Sounds like you did it the right way. πŸ™‚ Are you gonna share what it is? (No pressure though.)

  2. Yeah, no not ever. My son had to get tattoos for his radiation therapy and he couldn’t believe how much those three, small dots hurt! I suppose it is possible I might have to have my blood type, or “do not resuscitate” tattooed on me somewhere, but I will hope not!

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m with you! Did you know that many of the Nazi troops had their blood type tattooed on the inside of their arm during WWII? I read it in my research (didn’t keep that link). Many of them were found and prosecuted after the war thanks to that tiny tattoo. I’d rather not have personal information tattooed on my body.

  3. I got one last year to celebrate the publication of my first book. It’s on the inside of my left wrist, and if I could do anything differently it would be to get it on my right wrist since it now gets hidden by my watchband or bracelet. And I want that sucker to be seen! LOL!

    Did it hurt? NO. It was mildly uncomfortable, that’s all. Would I do it again? You betcha. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Another good story! Sounds like you made a good choice for you. Maybe learn to wear your watch and jewelry on the right arm? πŸ˜€

  4. I plan on getting one when I turn 50, ‘course I’ll have to ask my wife about getting one.

    I actually like tattoos, and I love to see a well inked tattoo on someone. But I do draw the line when people start decorating their body with it, or get full sleeves, or get one big ugly one that sticks out like a sore thumb in the summer time.

    A-Z Challenge at Father Nature’s Corner

    • Diana Beebe

      I feel bad for the people who get an artist who messes up or when the words gets misspelled or when the grammar is all wrong…

  5. Diana, I do not now and will never have a tattoo. I have seen some that I thought looked great, but I always wonder how they’ll look in several decades when the ink starts to fade and run and the skin starts to sag. EWWWW! I’m loving the little tidbits your dropping about your WIP.

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL, Linda. Yes, the “what will it look like later” problem. πŸ™‚

  6. Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

    Hi Diana, I have several and I love most of them. Even the two I don’t like anymore, I love the stories behind them. Tattoos are addictive, but every time I look at them or reflect on why I got them, it makes me smile. I may even have a new one, which will be debut on my Y post of A to Z.

    • Diana Beebe

      I’ve heard from a couple of my friends that they are addictive. It’s great that the stories behind them make you happy—even on the images that don’t thrill you anymore.

      We have to wait until Y to see the new tattoo?! Torture!

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