Suffering for my craft

I’ve been feeling celebratory, now that my book Forest of Shadows is just weeks away from being released (and it’s available now for pre-order). So, what better way to revel in my happiness than subject myself to a tattoo? Actually, the pain isn’t bad at all. Reflexology is far more painful. I swear. It’s horrendous.

It took me a while to come up with something ‘writerly’ themed, and my wife pointed out words I had recently used myself to put under the image; Never Give Up. So true. I’m a firm believer in the Cool Hand Luke theory of life. If you want to do something, just do the damn thing and never, ever quit.

Huge thanks to Darren at Rising Dragon Tattoos in NYC. He has a great shop and is a damn good artist. He now has a customer for life and I urge anyone in the area looking to get ink to go there.

The Captain America shield has been sitting on my arm for years and didn’t even get me a free ticket to the movie.

I have a question for anyone reading this. How many times do you get ‘stabbed’ by a tattoo needle per hour of work? Just curious. Hit the comment bubble to send in your guess, informed or otherwise.

Also, what kind of ink do you have?

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 25 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

5 responses to “Suffering for my craft”

  1. Paul D. Dail says :

    Couldn’t even begin to guess. Do you know the answer? Because I’d be curious as well.

    Congrats on the new ink. I have a few and have considered a “writerly” new one, myself. Just have to wait and see.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I honestly have no idea, but feeling them stab me repeatedly, the thought kept crossing my mind. I have whole passages from favorite books I’d like to add in the future. So much time, so little skin. LOL

  2. Scott Doornbosch says :

    Love your new tat. I keep putting off getting one. Maybe because I think the answer to the question is about 3,000 hits per hour when getting one done. Congratulations and best of luck with the new book.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Thanks Scott. To think that I may have been stabbed 6,000 times makes my head spin. LOL And here I am planning the next one. Glutton for punishment. Hope all is well with you!

  3. CW says :

    Dig the new ink! Can a full back tattoo be too far behind?

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