Here's a closer look at this quill and ink bottle tattoo:As I came into my poetic self in college, I knew I wanted a tattoo to symbolize that. My friend, Kevin, designed it for me and I carried it with me for a while. For spring break in 1993 or 1994, I went to Seattle with 4 of my best friends at the time. We happened into a cool tattoo shop and 4 of us got our first tattoos (the 5th person didn’t want one).It was great because we each got something that symbolized who we were at the moment but also who we hoped to be in the future.
Lizzie shared this poem, as well:
she lives here with mebut she comes & goes as she pleasesnever tells me where she’s goingnever leaves a noteit’s typical that she’ll come injust as I’m falling asleepI catch glimpses of her sometimesusually when there’s musicwe used to be inseparableI didn’t think she’d ever leavenow, daily happenings of my liferarely interest herbut sometimes they doand she’ll spend time with mewhen that happensI remember how good it feelsher company is like an avalanche ofwarm towels out of the dryerI could stay there all day© 2010 Lizzie Wann
Lizzie Wann started reading at open mics in 1995. She soon became an integral part of the development of the San Diego poetry scene, facilitating workshops at the Writing Center, creating her own readings and producing original shows that featured poets and musicians. She earned a spot on the 1999 Laguna Beach national slam team that competed at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago of that year, and from there, helped make slam poetry become a San Diego fixture. She was on the 2000 San Diego team that went to the West Coast Regionals in Big Sur, served as coach for that same team in 2002, and co-hosted the fledgling San Diego slam, held at the Urban Grind, until 2003. Her work appears on CDs (A Wing & A Prayer and A New Leaf), in chapbooks including Familiars, Naked Wrists, and Complicated Skies and in anthologies including Comstock Review, Incidental Buildings & Accidental Beauty, A Year in Ink, volume 2, So Luminous the Wildflowers, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug. She also founded the Meeting Grace house concert series which ran from 2000-2008. One of her CD’s can be found at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/
Thanks to Lizzie for sharing her tattoo and poem with us here on Tattoosday!