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Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

by Wendy MacNaughton, Isaac Fitzgerald
Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

by Wendy MacNaughton, Isaac Fitzgerald

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Overview

“Together, [these pictures and stories] do the work of great literature-gathering a force so true they ultimately tell a story that includes us all.” -Cheryl Strayed, from the Introduction

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and bestselling author Isaac Fitzgerald--the stories behind the question, Why did you get that tattoo?

Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer's true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. Pen&Ink grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives.

Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton's gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer's body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin, Pen&Ink is an exploration of the decision to scar one's self with a symbol and a story.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620404928
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,057,155
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

??Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. After making a bunch of cool things for the internet, he now writes books, including Pen&Ink and How to Be a Pirate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator whose books include Salt Fat Acid Heat, Pen&Ink, Lost Cat, The Essential Scratch-and-Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, and Meanwhile in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in places such as the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Lucky Peach, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.
Isaac Fitzgerald appears frequently on The Today Show and is the author of the bestselling children's book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen&Ink and Knives&Ink (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

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