The Tattooed Poets Project: Claire Nelson

    Well, dear readers, I've been waiting to post this next tattoo for over a year, ever since Dorianne Laux posted it on her Facebook wall last April and directed me to it. This amazing tattoo belongs to Claire Nelson. Behold:

    This photo was taken shortly after the tattoo was done by artist Ron Henry Wells, who graciously allowed me to copy it from his site and reprint it here. He noted that he "used a antique typewriter that [he owns] as reference". He was also swift to point out that the picture's not that great, as the curve of Claire's thigh makes the tattoo look a little warped, but he swears it is straight. I would beg to differ, as the photo really captures the beauty of the tattoo and the wonderful artifice of the tattooist.

    Claire sent me a newer photo for a slightly different perspective:

    Claire explains this incredible tattoo:
    "I love writing, tattoos and typewriters. When I met with Ron at Anonymous Tattoo in Savannah, Georgia, he seemed as psyched about doing my tattoo as I was about getting it. Ron asked a few simple questions. “How do you feel about birds?” I felt good. “Flowers?” I also had positive feelings about flowers. And then, we were off. Two sessions and some intense pain later, I came out with this amazing tattoo. Writing will always be part of my life, and now so will this tattoo."
    Claire also shared this poem: 

    Kazoo Serenade

    The last nice thing you said to me
    was “Your breath smells
    like vodka,”
    as I hummed at you
    through a kazoo.
    It was an
    original composition;
    maybe not
    technically perfect—
    I wasn’t concerned
    with mechanics.
    Who needs rules
    when there are kazoos in the world?

    I did an accompanying jig
    on a cracked patch
    of sidewalk.
    Why is cement
    always damp
    on summer nights? It made such a
    satisfying smack
    against my bare-feet,
    cool and wet,
    like the familiar kiss
    of a person I rarely see.

    I could have danced circles around you
    all night
    until we were both too dizzy to know
    melody from moment,
    beauty from spit and plastic.
    Instead, I unbuttoned
    the pocket
    on your shirt, and slipped the kazoo inside.
    I don’t need retrospect
    to tell me
    you don’t deserve
    a kazoo serenade. Oh I wish
    it was about deserve
    and not desire. 
    ~ ~ ~
    Claire Nelson is a senior Dramatic Writing major at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. After graduation Claire will be moving to Tallahassee to pursue her M.F.A. in poetry at Florida State University.

    As for Ron, he is currently working out of the Boston area, but occasionally is a guest artist at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn.

    Thanks to Claire for sharing one of the best tattoos we have seen in this year's Tattooed Poets Project, and for sharing her poetry as well, here on Tattoosday.

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