Friday, July 29, 2011

Buster and Annie Fang in Ink

This is slightly weird. I don't even let my closest friends see my bare feet or exposed knees. But I wanted to put up a picture of my latest tattoo, which is on my left arm, of Buster and Annie from the cover of The Family Fang. Emily Effler-Bond is the amazing tattoo artist who took Julie Morstad's beautiful illustration and dug it into my skin. I can't imagine getting another tattoo from someone other than Emily.

I am hoping the book does not fail spectacularly or else I'll always have a reminder of it on my arm.

I have two other tattoos and imagine I'll get quite a few more before I'm done. The other tattoo I have is of a Deth P. Sun image of a weird catlike creature playing a marching band bass drum. Underneath it says, "Please Be Brave". The other one is just some damn ominous blackbird. I very much like tattoos, not because I really want other people to see them (though that is nice), but because it gives me a point of distraction whenever I happen to look at myself in the mirror and see how much older/fatter/sadder I've gotten. It's a way for me, while I'm brushing my teeth before bed, to focus on a cat playing a bass drum or Annie and Buster with their bird masks and not, for example, why my skin always seems to have strange yellow bruises on it.

The book comes out on August 9th. I read tomorrow with my best friend Caki Wilkinson at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. I'll read something from the novel.

11 comments:

Sunny side up said...

Nice tatoo! :)

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sarafina said...

Nice! It is a fantastic illustration. I noticed the Kirkus starred review. Congrats! I'm excited to see how things go with the release!

sarafina said...

Nice! It is a fantastic illustration. I noticed the Kirkus starred review. Congrats! I'm excited to see how things go with the release!

Luke said...

Love this. Couldn't have picked better art. You really hit a home run when you landed Julie to do your book art.

ecoates said...

I just saw your blog this evening and spent one of my most enjoyable hours of procrastination this week reading it. Very excited to get your book.

Kay Kluck said...

Wow, I just clicked the next blog button hoping to find something interesting and I landed here! I read Tunneling a few weeks ago and really liked it. That's all I really wanted to say.

chelfea said...

I just finished your book. It was wonderful -- the first I've read through in a day for a long time.

Also love the tattoo.

Molly Gaudry said...

Can't wait to read this book, Kevin! Nice tattoo!

K said...

I am currently reading The Family Fang and am enjoying it immensely. I posted a little blog about it: http://ido-nicethings.blogspot.com/2011/09/new-books-at-park.html

The tattoo is awesome.

Farrah P said...

What a wonderful tattoo! I loved the illustration when I got the book. I am just reading it now, and I think it is a clever story. Very dark and enchanting, I find myself not wanting to put it down and have recommended it to everyone I know. Wonderful characters.