I don’t mean ink on paper. I mean ink on skin…tattoos. They are hot right now. I think it’s funny how many heroes have tattoos, but I don’t find a lot of heroines with tattoos. At least not as many as I’d like.
Why do I bring this up? Because I love tattoos. I have lots of them, and I’m getting a full “sleeve” this weekend on my calf. So I’ve been thinking, why aren’t there more heroines with tattoos? Is it because tatted up women still aren’t as mainstream as men? Since I write a lot of romance, I wonder if it’s because the ideal heroine is still very clean cut, not the bad girl of romance. We love the bad guys, but not so much the girls.
Even in paranormal, where I think there are more women with tattoos, I don’t think they are as prominent as they could be. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe not.
What are your thoughts on women with tattoos? Do you read about them? Would it bother you if the heroine was inked from head to toe?
Curiosity killed the cat and all that. Just for fun, share your ink in the comments if you want.
Here’s one of mine!
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7 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Ink”
I’m old enough to have (so far) missed out on the tattoo wave, and while I periodically threaten, so far no ink for me. And honestly, I haven’t done a heroine with ink, either. Hmm…
I think ink can give a character a whole new dimension. It’s not for everyone, but for me personally, I’d love to see more!
It is SO funny you did this post today because I was totally thinking about doing a post on tattoos this week! Having just had two of mine redone last week and going over ideas for my husband’s new sleeve, we’ve had ink on the brain. You bring up such a good point, especially for those of us who love to read and write Urban Fantasy. Why, in that world, are there so few tatted heroines? I remember in Kim Harrison’s The Hallows Series she had a big thing where the MC got a pack tattoo but that’s all that comes to mind right now and it was a small shoulder piece. I have had an idea brewing in my head for a while but I’m not ready to write it, but it does involve the heroine being a tattoo artist. So maybe I’ll buck the trend soon enough? Good luck with your calf! The shin is gonna hurt like a b-atch!
P.S. Love the flowers!
Thank you! I love my flowers. I definitely think you should give us a heroine use is a tattoo artist! I would read it in a heart beat. My calf definitely hurt, but it was the after that hurt worse than the entire 8 hours I sat while he worked.
OH! Cool post idea, Jen. I personally love ink, both IRL and in books. I have five tats and two more planned. Oddly enough, I only like tats on others if they are done tastefully…aka, the all over look of Kat von D is not attractive to me. But yours are very pretty!
Shauna took my idea for tattooed heroines, and of course, there’s the Mortal Instruments books which were influenced by tattoos. I wish there were more. I have a book planned (no idea when I’m going to write it) where the heroine is heavily tattooed. Pinterest board is here if you’re interested: https://www.pinterest.com/nicoleevelina/future-book-bol/. I wish there was more love for ink in books – apparently tatted up men are big in romance, but that’s not the type of romance I enjoy – those rock stars hit a little too close to home for me! 🙂
I had forgotten about the MI books. Great point! I agree there are tatted up men in romance, but even those are more or less limited to motorcycle clubs and rock stars. I’d love a heroine who is a lawyer and tatted up!