So, I spent the afternoon at a tattoo convention here in Knoxville.  I don’t have any ink of my own, but a character in one of my upcoming books is a tattoo artist, so I thought it would be good research.  I was truly amazed by some of the work being done, and I just wanted to give a shout out to the incredible talent I saw today. Needles and pain might not be my cup of tea, but the self-expression and creativity I saw was pretty damn impressive.  I think it takes a lot of courage (or maybe a little insanity) to put a permanent mark on your body.