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[writing|art] I'd like to write a story on your arm - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-16 04:28
Subject: [writing|art] I'd like to write a story on your arm
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Tags:art, weird, writing
So I'm thinking about an art-fiction project. Somebody would have to be very chill to collaborate on this with me, so I don't know it if would work out, but here goes.

I want to write a fairly surreal piece of short fiction, something on the far tilted end of New Weird. And I'd like to publish it by having it tattooed as a full sleeve on someone's arm. I envision the words spiraling down from the shoulder to the elbow to the wrist.

The really hard part is I'd like to encode something a lot shorter by having every 7th or 10th or 14th word be red in the tattoo, and have the red words constitute a micro fiction embedded within the main story.

I don't know if I could get anyone to commit to this — that's a lot of needle time, and a lot of spend with the tattoo artist, which I can't afford to underwrite these days — but I think it would be cooler than hell.

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Starshadow
User: arielstarshadow
Date: 2012-05-16 11:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why not have it be paint? Faster - and a lot less expensive. No, it's not permanent, but you could take pictures.

Edited at 2012-05-16 11:42 am (UTC)
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2012-05-16 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was thinking "henna" for exactly the same reasons.
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Starshadow
User: arielstarshadow
Date: 2012-05-16 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Henna would work marvelously, too!
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2012-05-16 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll do it if it's not a permanent tattoo (a long-wearing semipermanent dye would be fine.)
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2012-05-16 18:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
If anyone agrees, I sure hope the story goes through a lot of proofreaders first...! :)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 03:23 (UTC)
Subject: Wasn't that in a Japanese movie
Sounds like the movie "Pillow Book" from Japan.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 04:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sir, I'd like to speak with you and I don't know how. I actually have something odd to relate to you and am very much interested. my email is rey.dey.los.minotauros@gmail.com.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 04:10 (UTC)
Subject: Tricia (so I don't show up as anonymous)
Can I offer an alternative? If there isn't someone willing to do the full sleeve, you could get a lot of people to tattoo a line or two. That way, your story is not only indelibly inscribed on a person, but it would be spread across the country, or the world.

By the way, I'd be willing to volunteer for this option.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 04:11 (UTC)
Subject: Hell Yeah!
That idea is brilliant. And I really like the idea of 2 stories into one single text. I don't know if there's a specific area where you need to live, but I'm completely volunteer, if the story is good.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 04:12 (UTC)
Subject: nice idea
Nice idea however Neil Gaiman has already been commissioned to write a poem that has been inked on someone. Let me see if I can find a link...
http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/21476192465/from-the-evening-with-neil-and-amanda-cd-from-the
So inked literary work is already out there but I do like the idea of the story within a story. If it were me the work would have to be utterly perfect for permanent ink (I don't do ink at all but respect art when I see it!)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-17 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: Re: nice idea
Heh. If "somebody did something like this before" were a criterion for not engaging in a creative project, art and literature would have died a thousand years ago.
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Shana Marie Emmert
User: Shana Marie Emmert
Date: 2012-05-17 04:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ha, I'll do it if it's not too big, and if you're payin' for it!
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Ben Court
User: Ben Court
Date: 2012-05-17 04:13 (UTC)
Subject: Hey
As a writer and artist myself, I would love to be involved in this. I also collect boos, and to have such a thing written on myself will be a unique and perfect addition to my collection. I might not be able to get it all done in one go obviosly, but I'd be more than happy to have it grow over a few months. I would love to have you get back to me about this s I find it quite exciting!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-05-17 04:31 (UTC)
Subject: Wow
That is an awesome Idea. If I wasn't such a scaredy cat of needles I'd say YES!! I have done this before, but with Shakespeare, and I only used Sharpies. My BF keeps asking, "Dude where do you live?" ^.^ I would totaly read a story Tat!! I'm a writer and a Librarian to be, and I think it would be an Epic Mark in Tale telling to have a tattoo of that magnitude.
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Wyrd N' Wyld
User: Wyrd N' Wyld
Date: 2012-05-17 05:19 (UTC)
Subject: Sooo tempting...
That... is an /AMAZING/ idea, my good Mr. Lake!

Husband slings ink...

...and we're local...

Just honestly not certain how /much/ time under the needle I could handle......

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Some logistics for such an endeavor, if you haven't spoken with a tat artist about it, yet:

It would have to be a /very/ short story, he's saying -- likely no more than 600 words -- regardless of who it's done on, to keep the continuity and flow with the space allotted, and to keep the lettering (10 pt sans serif font min, if bolded, 8 pt for light line) from bleeding.

Rough total of 70 hours work (for a bolded line), spaced out over no less than a month, to allow for healing and to minimize tissue trauma. That time will drop considerably, if done in the basic (light) lettering.

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Still.. we're both quite tempted. Quite tempted, indeed ^_^
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