2 posts tagged tattoo
Is it a problem that I think these tights are sort of amazing/necessary in my life/etc etc? I think this is also similar to my growing strange obsessive-compulsive eBay hunt for Gaultier sheer mesh/”tattoo” shirts and dresses from the 90s (this is crippled by my insistence that it must be JPG and must be ‘affordable’), which also offend me both a.) visually and b.) more often than not conceptually as well (oo0o it’s so like multicultural with these Asian tattoos that’s so edgy)? I had some knockoff one that I think I got mail-order from Alloy or whatever in like the eighth grade and I’m still butthurt that I ever realised how repulsive it was and thought that it being repulsive was a bad thing. What was I thinking?!?
Articulacy of fingers, the language of the deaf and dumb, signing on the body, body longing. Who taught you to write in blood on my back? Who taught you to use your hands as branding irons? You have scored your name into my shoulders, referenced me with your mark. The pads of your fingers have become printing blocks, you tap a message on to my skin, tap meaning into my body. Your Morse code interferes with my heart beat. I had a steady heart before I met you, I relied upon it, it had seen active service and grown strong. Now you alter its pace with your own rhythm, you play upon me, drumming me taut.
Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like Braille. I like to keep my body rolled up away from prying eyes. Never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn’t know that you would have reading hands. You have translated me into your own book.
— Jeanette Winterson
…or my way of showing off my heavy-handed uber-metaphorical new ink (hay guys text and bodies and bodies of text and gay stuff and alphabets and language and metaphors about blindness and touch and vision and writing and maps and codes and history and histories and fiction and stories and more heavy handed overintellectual queer garbage zomgz)