Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paint Stuck All Over Skin

Molly Snyder writes at about the latest craze about literary tattoos. You'll remember a year or so ago Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies made an appearance (arm-in-arm with Siobhan Magnus) on American Idol. Snyder says other works from such luminaries as Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, and even Mark Twain have made it as a tattoo:

Some people simply type their favorite quotes from books into their Facebook status updates -- or post their favorite book-based characters as their profile picture -- whereas others take it a step further and get them permanently inked on their bodies.

Recently, the tattoo world's sub-genre of literary tattoos garnered limelight through Web sites like and a book called Literary Tattoos from Bookworms World Wide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor.
There’s even a Bellairs-related tattoo out there, too (probably more than we're aware of). Yonatan posted the enclosed picture at our Forum not too long ago. It’s an image of Lewis Barnavelt examining the coat rack mirror – an image from The House with a Clock in its Walls. We think a tattoo of a certain stained glass window would be impressive (or cause for a sore arm, one).

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