I went to visit my lovely editor in Sydney recently, a once a year mini vacation because it turns out that she lives in the wrong city (ie not Melbourne). I get a few days away from my kids and the chance to talk shop without having to type in a little window and get distracted by Facebook. But this time, there was another reason for going.
In late 2013, Amanda (yes, my editor totally has a name, isn’t that amazing?) got the Eye of Vice tattooed on the inside of her forearm. Her love for Darius was just that strong.
This time it was my turn.
So, I’d been told it didn’t hurt too much. I’d been told that having given birth to two children, this would barely rate a mention on the pain scale. Quick. Painless….
Yeah right. It HURT! Like, it really hurt. Like a dozen tiny chipmunks gnawing at my arm with tiny sharp little teeth, tearing each bit of my skin away cell by cell. But I digress. The purpose was worth the pain. A symbol to remind me always where I started from, to remind me to work hard and not lose sight of my goals… I would have gone through more for that. As it happened it took about seven minutes, although I had to lie there for quite some time afterwards due to my tendency to feel faint, even when horizontal. So I ended the seven minutes pale and sweaty and in need of cold water. But after about half an hour I was able to walk out with a smile on my face and a bandage on my wrist.
It’s been nearly two weeks now and it is healing beautifully, so here it is at last, alongside my editor’s Eye of Vice. This. This is how committed we are to these characters, these books, and to the world I am creating. Or perhaps spewing forth… whichever image you prefer…
Without further ado, I give you …. The Empath Mark.
Awesome! They both look ace 🙂
My tattoo is on my shoulder and was relatively painless, the inside of the wrist would have to be more sensitive, huh?
It’s wonderful to see. The artwork looks amazing on skin
It does look amazing, Dave! Must be great to see two of your designs on skin now 🙂
A moment literally marked in time!
Every time you see the Empath Mark (you’re looking at it all the time, aren’t you?) you’ll appreciate the beauty of your words and all the hard work you’ve put in to create your worlds. And well you should.
Seven minutes of pain for a beautiful Empath Mark, I’d say that’s a fair trade, yes? 🙂
Definitely! And yes… yes I do look at it all the time. It reminds me to get off my butt and work.