The Word Made Flesh by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor, is a book all about literary tattoos. 150 colour photos depicting words, quotations and literary figures, into flesh, from Dickinson to Shakespeare.
According to Justin, "...as far as the aesthetics of the tattoos themselves as pieces of art, we didn't try to critique or weed that stuff out. The criterion we were really using for inclusion was "Is this an author we've seen represented before? Is the story that comes with it interesting? Is the photograph interesting?"
Justin claimed that, "The people that seem happiest with their work are the ones that picked something that they really cared about."
The authors found that there were favourites out there. Eva said, "Vonnegut for sure. I think that's the most popular by far. Shakespeare, David Foster Wallace, Sylvia Plath, James Joyce and Beckett. Oh, and e.e. cummings is maybe second only to Vonnegut in popularity."
The Word Made Flesh - book trailer from Tattoolit on Vimeo.
Also, if you fancy looking at countless literary tattoos, take a peek at contrariwise.
photos: Harper Perennial
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