Writer’s Ink: Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear is the award-winning author of a whole bunch of stuff! How’s that for specific? Her most recent book is One-Eyed Jack [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], one of her Promethean Age novels. She’s part of SF Squeecast, co-created the Shadow Unit web serial, and has taught at a number of different SF/F writing programs and workshops.
She also has a spider on her arm, which she explains thusly:
As you can see, my body doesn’t have much use for colored ink, especially red. So much for permanence!
I got this after I moved back to New England. The spider is a local wall-crawler: I’ve always had a fondness for spiders, and they’re a bit totemic for rock climbers, which happens to be my sport. And the sugar maple leaf is a reminder of home: this is the place I have always been happiest, and autumn is my favorite season. I actually brought in a particularly spectacular maple leaf for the tattoo artist, Steve Gabriel of Guide Line Tattoo in East Hartford, CT, to copy.
I definitely recommend clicking to enlarge the picture and see the details. The one on the left is when the tattoo was brand new. The one on the right was taken a few days ago for this post. My theory is that the spider has been waking up at night and feeding on the red ink. Makes me wonder what it will eat when it runs out…
September 17, 2014 @ 4:03 pm
Red is the hardest to maintain within the body, but I also wonder what actual brand of ink was used for that red? I know Starbright is appalling when it comes to maintaining yellows and oranges.
September 19, 2014 @ 11:04 pm
Oh noes! Those were such beautiful colors. It might be worth having it touched up. Tattooing is so delicate — the needle goes too deep, the ink bleeds in the fat layer and you get blurry lines; the needle goes too shallow, the ink fades out. (Also, previous commenter’s ink brand mention!)