Hang out at any airport, pool or gym these days and you'll
find more people wearing tattoos than not. When did tattoos become mainstream
so that by not having ink you're an oddity? Perhaps because of the turbulent
economic and political landscape we live in, people want to have some control
in their lives-tattoos provide that control. Throughout history tattoos
let others know the wearer's totem, family, skill set or class. Not just
for sailors or misfits, people of all ages now get tattoos because they
want to heal after abuse, they reach a personal milestone or they survive
a health scare. Or they just want one.
Like the characters in this story collection who are searching
for themselves while committed to the ink, the tattooed can express their
individualism, their pain and their memories on their skin.
I've always been fascinated with tattoos but not because
I have one. There's something in a tattoo that tells the world to fuck
off. I admire that. A tattoo is pure communication in the outlines of barbed
wire, dragon or butterfly. Of course a character who sports a tattoo has
a story. Who hurt her? What did he lose? Why did she choose that tattoo?
What does he want to find? What's her secret?
In this anthology, sometimes the tattoo is central to
the plot, and other times merely tangential to these characters. You'll
meet men and women haunted by war, by family and by themselves. They want
to belong and to believe in something. And they are as different as the
designs on their arms, legs and backs.
Enjoy these stories told by 15 talented authors from across
the country. See yourself in their characters and in their ink. In some
way, we are all misfits according to someone.