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27 February 2009


Karl Elvis

I think there are few things more wonderful than word tattoos. And for writers and poets, words etched into flesh have a special power.

I also LOVE Stephanie's work. She's amazing. If I had access, I'd absolutely be getting tattooed by her (wrong coast though).


I decided long ago not to get a tattoo because I like my freckles so much.


I wonder how many Buffy "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it" tattoos there are?

Paul Davis

I would never, ever get a tattoo. But if I did, it would say "How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life" (Wittgenstein, by way of Reich). CG, its really great to find you writing again, a nice suprise to find on returning from Berlin after 6 months.


De-lurking to announce that I own that tattoo book, and I admired yours long before I knew whose it was.

Frank Montana

Tats are only fleetingly beautiful...most of them just are a faded reminder of a bad phase in our life and days gone by...plus you can never get an MRI

chelsea g.

Thank you for your opinion, Frank. You sound so very much like my mother.

As to tattoos being only fleetingly beautiful, I must answer with a rhetorical question: what isn't? And then I must answer with a cliché: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love my old tattoos. I have no issue with remembering any phase in my life--good or bad--and what is more, I firmly believe in remembering and writing down those memories. Hence this blog.

As to tattoos' rendering MRIs useless, you're wrong. Feel free to Google "tattoos and MRIs" and witness the exact dimensions of your wrongheadedness. It's a nice, large, sound monolith.

chelsea g.

Karl Elvis


The MRI and tattoo myth has been thoroughly debunked. Mythbusters tested in really well, and I personally have had three MRIs, and I'm pretty much covered with tattoos. As CG says, just a little tiny bit of googling will tell you that. It's an urban legend, though in fact still widely believed (including by some MRI clinics).

As to the rest - while you're welcome to your opinion, it's both artistically and factually ignorant. Enjoy it though.

Unnur María

My oldest tattoo is now eleven years old and still holds it's own. I am moderately covered, moderately as in most of my tattoos are easily hidden under clothes if I choose so. I've wanted tattoos since i was a little girl and I know that I will keep on getting them.

But what I wanted to say is that I've also got a tattoo in the memory of a beloved pet. Her name was Lux (named after Lux Interior). I got her from a shelter when she was a malnourished and sick little thing and she grew up to be the most sweetest little white cat there has ever been. When she died from an accident I had her name engraved on my chest, right on top of my heart. It hurt like hell but everytime I look at it I feel the love I felt for her and remember the joy she gave to me.

(This is a video of Lux being happy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nROjTvkk8TA This is her memorial tattoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ominous/2758407299/in/set-72157605432204365/)


Frank, what about a reminder of a good phase in life? And what's fleeting about permanence?
I just have one small tattoo, but lately my skin has been begging me to get the lines of a poem etched in, too.

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