January 31, 2019
Have a literary tattoo? There’s a convention for that
by Michael Barron
You read that right. And if you’re reading this, I bet you have a literary tattoo. And if you do, I bet you’ve done the rounds online, reading listicles like Buzzfeed’s 50 Incredible Tattoo’s Inspired by Books, or Book Riot’s 12 Badass Book Tattoos (With The Texts That Inspired ‘Em). And I bet if you have a literary tattoo, like say the muted trumpet from The Crying of Lot 49, and wanted to meet others like yourself, well by golly, head on down to the rootinest, muted trumpet tootinest, literary tattoo show this side of the Mississippi.
As Chattanooga’s Times Free Press reports, the city’s second annual Literary Ink Convention will be held this coming weekend with an exact 166 tattoo artists in official attendance. Before everyone polishes their one word contribution to Shelley Jackson’s short-story-in-tattoo (you know who you are), know that the convention will be heavily focused on genre tattoos. Notes the TFP, “the convention is billed as [being at the] “intersection of literary fantasy and artistic magic,” and will include “cosplay contests, panels discussing relationships in the Harry Potter Universe” and “Dames of Thrones Feminism in Game of Thrones.”
Still, bets on are on for the appearance of at least one armed tatted with a paragraph from Infinite Jest.
Michael Barron is an editor at Melville House.