I've been tossing around the idea of blogging a tattoo series for nearly a year now. I know there are websites and books out there that have been-there-done-that already, but I hadn't seen one with a specific focus on the authors and publishers of the small press community.
After hoarding the photos and essays I've been collecting from these guys since July of 2012, and with the promise of spring peeking its deliciously sunny head out through all of this winter gloom, I decided there was no better time than now to finally unveil THE INDIE INK RUNS DEEP mini-series!
Today's indie ink is from Christoph Paul. Christoph is a former porn store manager and singer/guitarist of the rock band The Only Prescription. He graduated from the Wilkes University with an MA in Creative Writing. "The Passion of the Christoph" is his first book of non-fiction and satire being released April 1st 2013 with Swift Ink Books. He is now working on a YA book called "Joey 'The Art Film' Caldo" and a collection of poetry with the working title "Buy This Poetry Book So I Can Afford Therapy."
The higher tattoo above proves a fact that nerds can have tattoos, as those who have healthy sex life probably do not recognize that the man with red eyes and playing cards is Gambit from the X-Men (hey, its better than a tribal tat.) I was obsessed with X-Men as a kid and loved Gambit because he had a cool accent, a cool power of putting energy into things so they blow up, and hit the character Rogue. Though, when I am asked by a female I find attractive about the tat I say, "I have so much energy and need to put into something to feel alive..." Or "It represents my magician energy to use Jungian Philosophy." Which sounds a lot better, but is total bullshit. I just really like Gambit.
The other tattoo is from a literary novel I have been working on with the working title 'Prophet' and will finish it in probably 10 more years. It's inspired by a scene where a father tells his son who is 9 years old that the wild bird he loves to feed will not find a mate because his feathers aren't colorful enough. The boy becomes sad and angry at God and he says to Him "It is not fair, why is the world like this?" Later he captures the bird and paints his feather brighter losing his bird friend but happy that he brought justice into the world...damn, I need to finish this book, that is pretty artful.