Twelve women, twelve tattoos, and a narrative thread that weaves them all together, Portrait of Woman in Ink: A Tattoo Storybook is a collection of stories that answers that lingering question in the back of your mind when you see an inked woman: what does your tattoo mean (or perhaps – what were you thinking)? From a parent’s suicide to the birth of an unlikely child, the stories behind why women tattoo themselves are literally worn on (and ...
Twelve women, twelve tattoos, and a narrative thread that weaves them all together, Portrait of Woman in Ink: A Tattoo Storybook is a collection of stories that answers that lingering question in the back of your mind when you see an inked woman: what does your tattoo mean (or perhaps – what were you thinking)? From a parent’s suicide to the birth of an unlikely child, the stories behind why women tattoo themselves are literally worn on (and sometimes under) their sleeves, and retold on these pages.
Complete with artwork from the original tattoo artists and a foreword by Dr. Marta Vicente, one of academia’s foremost voices in Women’s Studies, this series of literary vignettes celebrates real, everyday women and their tattoos that, while they may seem insignificant at the time, are a symbol of the larger struggles and triumphs that make them who they are. These stories explore the idea of tattoos bringing together women from different worlds, and teaching them how these worlds might not be as far apart as they think.
“In Portrait of Woman in Ink, Kelly I. Hitchcock presents us with an emotional portrait of twelve women from disparate backgrounds and with different stories to tell. As we move through the stories, which the author weaves together as a magical tapestry of love, sadness and desire, we find out that in fact the twelve protagonists of this storybook have much in common. They all share their flesh, a flesh that speaks in ink: new tattoos that symbolize a new love for life, a reaffirmation of filial loyalty and a vibrant symbol of female friendship; fading tattoos that become a painful reminder of deception, death or failed dreams. In all these stories their speech is written in the body. It is women who speak and their tattoos tell their stories.
“Hitchcock lifts the reader’s spirit with Portrait of Woman in Ink. There is sadness in these women’s lives. Their tattoos mark the painful passages of life. They symbolize frustration. But they also symbolize hope for the future and the strength to carry on. Tattoos are there to mend broken hearts, to offer liberation from past mistakes and to open up new paths for those women who wear them. Those paths will be created by the sisterhood of women, holding hands with those men in their lives – fathers, husbands, sons and brothers – courageous enough to walk with them in silence, listening as their flesh speaks the truth. After all, experience is literally inscribed in the body. As the French feminist, Luce Irigaray, pronounced, it is ‘the memory of the flesh’ that speaks louder than words.” – From the Foreword by Dr. Marta Vicente, a professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Kansas, and a longtime academic voice on the historical role of tattoos and female identity.
The title is well chosen. This book is indeed a portrait of the women whose stories are told in it.... Meet -- and admire -- twelve women who have faced and surmounted incredible difficulties thrown at them in life. Hitchcock's strength once again lies in creating characters and environments that while unique, are believable.almost to the point of being tangible. You read this book and feel like you MUST have met at least one of these women in your own life.
Kelly I. Hitchcock is an up-and-coming writer in the Austin, Texas area. She is author of various poems about the randomness of life, several short stories, random creative nonfiction works, and the coming-of-age novel The Redheaded Stepchild. She is world-renowned among a readership of five people and growing.
Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of cash-strapped life in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life.
When she's not writing API documentation for money or writing poetry and fiction for unmoney, Kelly enjoys catering to the whims of a high maintenance rescue dog, frequenting Austin's many concert venues with her husband, and breaking things (in no particular order). She is an avid volunteer and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.