Neil Gaiman writes a poem for a fan's tattoo

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Plenty of folks have a quote from a favorite author or a favorite artist's work tattooed on their skin. But what if you could get your favorite artists to design a tattoo especially for you? One fan asked Neil Gaiman to write a comic for his back tattoo, and Gaiman agreed.

When Burton Olivier emailed Gaiman with his request, Gaiman said he'd happily write something if it could also help out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Gaiman even got artist David Mack to design the tattoo accompanying his poem:

I will write in words of fire. I will write them on your skin. I will write about desire. Write beginnings, write of sin. You're the book I love the best, your skin only holds my truth, you will be a palimpsest lines of age rewriting youth. You will not burn upon the pyre. Or be buried on the shelf. You're my letter to desire: And you'll never read yourself. I will trace each word and comma As the final dusk descends, You're my tale of dreams and drama, Let us find out how it ends.


If you like the design but aren't ready to commit to tattooing it on your skin, you can purchase the screenprint for $100, and the proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

This is Burton Olivier's back. [Neil Gaiman]
I Will Write in Words of Fire Screenprint [CBLDF]
[via BuzzFeed]