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[writing|art] I’d like to write a story on your arm

So I’m thinking about an art-fiction project. Somebody would have to be very chill to collaborate on this with me, so I don’t know it if would work out, but here goes.

I want to write a fairly surreal piece of short fiction, something on the far tilted end of New Weird. And I’d like to publish it by having it tattooed as a full sleeve on someone’s arm. I envision the words spiraling down from the shoulder to the elbow to the wrist.

The really hard part is I’d like to encode something a lot shorter by having every 7th or 10th or 14th word be red in the tattoo, and have the red words constitute a micro fiction embedded within the main story.

I don’t know if I could get anyone to commit to this — that’s a lot of needle time, and a lot of spend with the tattoo artist, which I can’t afford to underwrite these days — but I think it would be cooler than hell.

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