Tattoos for writers (#amwriting)

tattoos writer typographicI’ve wanted tattoos on my forearms or hands for a long, long time. I used to say, “I’ll get them done when I never have to consider getting a job or employment.” I passed that mark some time ago (I haven’t been employed for almost 5 years).

But then I just didn’t know what to get. I thought about my brand: “creative” + “indie” but never pulled the trigger. I didn’t want a feather, or a pen, or a typewriter – those are just tools, they don’t have the magic of written language, not to mention the typographic appeal of beautiful fonts.

I’m not sure exactly when it came up, but recently I decided to use the very popular #amwriting hashtag.

It signifies many things to me; it’s part of a broader movement dear to indie authors around the world; writing, publishing and making a lot of money from book sales is basically all I plan to do for the rest of my life.

If you want a deeper analysis of what #amwriting means you should read this article I wrote on Medium in response to another article called “War on #amwriting.”

I’m actually surprised I couldn’t find anybody else out there who had used the hashtag as a tattoo, but it’s a big world, I’m probably not the first.

However in case you are also searching for a fitting tattoo that reflects your author-identity and creative, world-building powers, I’m going to post all the fonts I considered before settling on Phraell.

These are nice typographic fonts you could really use for any tattoo…

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#amwriting tattoo


About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.