Wendy Thomas, mother of six from Merrimack, New Hampshire, got her first tattoo at 47, some years after having had six children.  Thomas shares with HRR the place and purpose of her ink, “It was something I had thought long and hard about.  Just below my right wrist (on top), I have a black colon and exclamation point.”

Wendy adds, “I had always wanted to be a writer, but you know how kids (and especially 6 kids) can crowd dreams out. Now that the kids [are] older and [don’t] require my full attention as much, I got the tattoo to remind me in code that

If I want to be a writer, then I have to write:

if I write, things will be amazing (!).

Easy as that. It did it for me; it [her tiny tattoo] inspires me on a daily basis; it reminds me of my long life dream and to “just do it.”  

Something so small and permanent has such a large effect on the inspiration and motivation of one woman who has realized that not only was she meant to be a mother, but also she was destined to be a writer.  Let’s hope it inspires many of us. 

Once again language and art merge into the realms of WONDER and PASSION!

You can catch the rest of her story written by Thomas at http://simplethrift.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/this-mom-went-and-got-a-mighty-tattoo/

And Let us know what you think!


“Grace Song” by Lane Falcon
Issue One, December 2008, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/decissue1page5.html

“Blue Place” by Beatrix Gates
Issue One, December 2008, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/decissue1page16.html

“Rehearsal for Living Without You” by Pamela Johnson Parker
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junejohnsonparker.html

“Brother” by Jee Leong Koh
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junekohevyonzy.html

“Sister Poem #1” by Colleen Mills
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junemillsgoldina.html 

“Love Note, Date Unknown” by Jayne Pupek
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junepupek.html

A very special request has prompted HRR to add a sixth poem to this list (its previous list of Best-of-the-Net nominations had five). 

Congrats to all, and GOOD LUCK!!!!

Tattoo expert has new book

September 8, 2009


Marisa Kakoulas, NY attorney, writer, tattoo expert, friend to HRR, and founder of needlesandsins.com, celebrates the release of her new book, which, by the way, is “the first English language book on blackwork tattooing.”

Black Tattoo Art, Modern Expressions of the Tribal, according to the author, is “a monster 530-page, six-pound hardcover on black ink tattoos . . . [featuring] over 500 photos from tattoo artists around the world specializing in black ink tattooing.” 

And it’s “the only English language hardcover to explore the beauty of blackwork tattooing in its many forms, featuring interviews and photos from 35 of the world’s best artists working solely in black ink” (Kakoulas).

I’m sure whatever book comes from Marisa will be phenomenal in itself, so check it out and buy a copy!

For more info, check the publisher’s, Edition Reuss’, site, and let us know what you think:

Debbi’s poem “My Unknown Uncle” was included in HRR’s Issue One.

See more of her poetry on Contemporary American Voices

Congrats, Debbi!