Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tattoosday was founded upon the concept of spotting tattoos in New York City. I never planned on becoming a submission site, nor did I ever anticipate people would send me photos of their ink. But they have.

And I have been conflicted about posting it, as it didn't necessarily "fit the theme".

But one thing struck me about two recent submissions from the ether: the people sending me their ink have been sincere about following the blog from day to day and have expressed their enjoyment of it. Having someone coming back from time to time is one of the pleasures of blogging. And then the epiphany struck me: what better way to thank readers by occasionally
posting their ink?

So, pun-ny guy that I am, I have decided it to call the concept "tattoorism" - people visiting Tattoosday and sharing their work with us here. Of course, one could call anyone featured here who is visiting New York from elsewhere a "tattoorist".

But for my own selfish purposes (my blog, my rules), a tattoorist is a visitor who contributes elsewhere than from the streets of New York.

Of course one of my big reservations has been that by posting an e-mail submission, I'd be preempting the posting of a tattoo from the streets. Previously, I have worried that the people posing for my photos are waiting by their computers with baited breath, anticipating when their ink will go "live" on the blog. Then I have to right my version of reality around which all life revolves around Tattoosday. I know it doesn't.

Now that I've got that out of the way, I can present the first installment of what I am going to call, for lack of a better term, and because I like the sound of it, "Tattoorism 101". Enjoy!

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