- It’s a Pricked Party!
- Resurrecting Gods and Stealing Names with Anya Richards
- Inspiration Inked, by S.J. Drum
- The book that almost wasn’t.
- Eileen Ann Brennan brings the mancandy.
- God of Ecstasy with Lena Loneson
- Fiona Jayde and Kicking Ass
- Tattooed Man Candy with Cynthia Sax
- The Intimacy of Ink, with tattoo artist and author James R. Tuck
- The tattoos in Under His Skin
- Pricked Party: How “Passionate Ink” was born.
- Saranna DeWylde and the meaning of tattoos.
- Redeeming the Troll with Anya Richards
- What comes after Under His Skin?
- Pricked Party, it’s been fun
I’m super awesomely, very much excited to have James R. Tuck here today! Not only is he a pretty kick ass urban fantasy author, he’s also a tattoo artist. I met him on twitter thanks to someone retweeting him, and I kinda love his tweets. I badgered him into guest blogging with us today and I’m so grateful he accepted. Tattoo artists are some of my favorite people.
I hate getting tattooed.
I do. I know that sounds silly since I am heavily tattooed. My arms are sleeved (completely covered in ink), my hands, fingers, chest, legs, fingers, throat, and skull are all tattooed. I have been a professional tattoo artist for over 16 years now. I own a tattoo shop outside of Atlanta.
But I still hate getting tattooed.
It hurts. Sometimes it hurts a LOT. The healing process sucks. I’m old.
But I love tattoos.
I love having tattoos. They are completely worth the pain and the aggravation of the process to heal them . I love the way tattoos look. I love the history. I love the artwork. I love mine and I love them on other people.
I also love tattooing. Tattooing has given me a wife, food for my children, and friends.
I also love having the ability to tattoo people. I have the single best job in the world. Not only do I get paid to do artwork and be a part of something bigger that I love so much, but I do different things every day. I also have the opportunity to change people, to mark them in a permanant way that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
Tattooing is an intimate artform. It takes place in a close environment with two people who have already shared their ideas and their creativity with each other. The client has the idea and the artist expresses it. It’s like a form of empathy, reaching into someone’s mind and spirit and pulling out a piece of artwork that symbolizes what they want to express. It a communion of souls, one person to another, a bridge that can only be crossed by the two of them. In this one way I know my clients better than anyone else in their lives ever will.
During the tattoo I am constantly touching my client. Through the process my hand is almost always on them. We humans are affectionate people, we crave contact with each other. If we don’t get it a part of us begins to wither and rust and die. I have had people cry while I’m tattooing them, not from pain, but because it is the longest that someone has spent just touching them. Most people don’t even know that they need this until it happens.
There is pain, sometimes a little, with some tattoos a lot. For brief moments it can even become excruciating. Physical pain is cathartic. It pushes us through our emotional trauma, giving us release on the other side. During the tattoo I am inflicting the pain, but I am also touching my customer and soothing them, speaking softly words of encouragement or talking to them to take their mind off the pain. Sometimes no words are needed, just my presence sitting closer to them than anyone ever does, is enough to take them away from it, to get through to the other side.
People have told me their darkest secrets, trusting me as they would a therapist or a priest. They have confessed their sins and the sins done to them. Though my life has been blessed, through them I have lived through every tragedy a human can. Lost children, broken homes, abuse, terror, and loss.
One customer came to the shop I was working at. As we began his tattoo he looked at me and said: "So the doctor told me I have lung cancer today and that I only have about a year to live. You were the first person I thought of and the first person I wanted to tell."
Rest in peace Devin.
Through all the years I have been tattooing I have learned that it is much more than ink in skin. It is a magical, mystical art that can change someone’s life. I know it has changed mine.
James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk series from Kensington. He is a former bouncer and a professional tattoo artist. He owns Family Tradition Tattoo in Marietta, Ga. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wonderful wife, two wonderful children, and four wonderful dogs.
He writes the stories that keep you up at night.
Author Website: www.jamesrtuck.com
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A Deacon Chalk e-novella
By: James R. Tuck
Release Date: June 26 2012
Publisher: Kensington Books
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can’t defeat…
For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte’s un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he’ll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him …
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Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter book 2
By: James R. Tuck
Release Date: August 7 2012
He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face. . .
Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer. . .until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who–or what–to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay. . .
"This is urban fantasy as men’s fiction―Sookie Stackhouse meets the Dresden Files by way of Maxim." Publishers Weekly
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