Sunday, January 18, 2009

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo

The use of tattoos has been emblematic of urban fantasy branding for some time now. Carrie Vaughn on her blog today reports that the earlier released version of her Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand cover has changed - sporting one less tattoo. Can you spot the difference? Carrie says that the tattoo was removed at her request. How do you feel about their use?



  1. The tat is so small that if you hadn't pointed it out, I would have never noticed.

  2. Good for CV! Don't get me started on the tattoos on the cover of the Mercy Thompson books. Mercy has a pawprint tattoo on her stomach. That's it. Who the hell's on the cover of the books, covered in tattoos?!

  3. I see the difference and you know I couldn't really see the tattoo in the first cover because of the way her shirt sits on her back. However, I have noticed the trend with using tattoos on the people who grace Urban Fantasy or Paranormal covers.

    Personally, I don't mind them, maybe since I have some. I do know that some people mind the frequent tattoos use though, most likely for personal reasons.

    What do you think about tattoos being used?

  4. From my point of view tattoos are quite common. I also have one.

    So I don't care whether they are used on covers or not.

  5. Katie I agree. Of course there has been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about tattoo branding on UF so the change doesn't surpise me.

    You're right Chris - so often there is no connection between the representation of the character on the cover and what is inside the book.

    Hey Mishel, tattoos in UF are like sex in advertising - it sells books. I don't take it seriously.

    ediFanoB seems lots of folks have some ink these days.

  6. I never noticed the tat when the cover was first revealed. I couldn't really tell the difference when I saw it on Carrie's blog.

    Tattoos don't mean all that much to me. I will admit, I do like some, when they are simple and don't take up a lot of skin. I'm not a fan of the wall of artwork people make of their bodies, but as long as it's not overly done, it's all good in my book.

    Honestly, I couldn't care what the girl/boy on the cover looks like because that's what they rarely look like in my head. For some reason, I'll use a cover to snag my interest, but it's about the whole package, not just one part of it that interests me, so heh.

  7. When Carrie was writing her Analysis of Urban Fantasy part 2, link:
    on item 2, she stated that Kitty does not have a tattoo, and she'd have told the readers if Kitty had one. Looking through the covers on amazon, it looks like Kitty has a lower back/tramp stamp tattoo on #1, #3, & #5 (her back is covered in #s 2 & 4).

    I guess maybe she didn't want Kitty to have another tattoo, so that's why the upper back one was removed. FWIW, I don't mind seeing tats on book covers, and have three of them myself.

  8. I could really care less about the tattoo lol but I can't wait to get this book!


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