My Art as Ink, My Skin as Canvas

I invited Brantwijn Serrah to provide a guest post for this blog to help celebrate the release of kINKED which includes her story, “For the Occasion”

My Art as Ink, My Skin as the Canvas

by Brantwijn Serrah

My mother had a rather amusing shitfit when I came home with my first tattoo. My dad gave me a good old slap on the back. This was not a gesture of approval. My back was where the tattoo was.

We all had a good laugh about it in the end, but only, I think, because I assured them the very simple, small cross on my shoulder blade was the only tattoo I was ever planning on getting.

Ten years and five more tattoos later, I think about where I’ll be putting down ink next.

Each tattoo on my body connects to my identity as a writer and the stories I’ve written (or my lifelong worship of little feline gods, but they are inevitably wound together with everything I do, anyway).

I lay down ink on paper. I take ink into my skin. I’m a creator, and a canvas, for myself. I designed a labrys tattoo for myself after publishing Lotus Petals. A figure of runes when The Pact made it past the editor’s first read. A semi-colon worked into the symbol of my fictional angel of life. A cross for the first book I ever wrote. A pair of stargazing kittens for me and my sister, my longest and most loyal supporter, beta reader, content advisor, and fan. Five cat’s paws—one with an extra toe—for my constant, magical “mewses”.

I love wearing my art, and not just in a literal way. I love the story coming together on my skin. The map of my worlds, which is, over time, extending over and between the individual symbols, to become a greater overarching tale of its own.

So what’s next? The cross, that original, initial design which got me started, feels like it’s ready for an upgrade. It started like my writing career itself started: a symbol of faith, explored in a long and very personal novel I will probably never publish but still keep close to my heart. My faith grows, though, and has grown in new paths symbolized in new ways as I write and publish more. At least two characters within my worlds have developed into personal reflections of the importance and character of my own spiritual beliefs, and I think it’s time to work those details into the once-so-simple tattoo.

There’s also the matter of the yet-unfinished fae tattoo, a commemoration of my Four Courts series. Tradition has inspired me to celebrate new tales with new ink, but upon the publication of Goblin Fires I wasn’t able to do so. The Goblin Fires tattoo has been a long time coming, a long time taking form and changing form and developing new imagery in my mind, and I think it’s time to honor the story as I’ve honored the others.

The tattoo for Lotus Petals and the other stories of Rhiannon Donovan also needs a bit more embellishment. The world and the characters have grown and flourished; I think the tattoo needs a little alteration to show that, too. What is right now only a few pink petals meant to symbolize lotus flowers or cherry blossoms may soon have to bloom into full flower, as the stories themselves now are.

My art is not only words, and the place of my art is not only in my journals and notepads and sketchbooks. My tattoos reflect a multi-faceted image of myself. Looking back now on that day I came home with my first, fresh tattoo, I realize I never intended to allow the symbol, one symbol, stand for all of me. Some day, the total composition is going to represent how much that first cross meant on the path to self-acceptance and self-celebration, and how it then lead to a bigger, more complex tapestry of my entire identity.

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kINKED

This book guys… this book.

Almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong with this book. But I believe in this book so every time I was forced to take one step back I kept fighting to take two more forward. It’s been a long, hard trail, but we’re finally here.

The book is finally available.

You can finally read it.

I hope you will. I hope you love it.

I’m so proud of it. And proud of myself for making it happen.

Every tattoo tells a story…

A submissive pain slut receives a tattoo as a reward for years of selfless service. A man’s body is used to deliver a very different kind of message to a domineering masochist. An exotic teahouse on an alien planet where one woman explores her submissiveness with a set of shapeshifting twins. These and other sizzling stories take you to the places where kink meets ink and leave you indelibly marked.

Includes stories by Tiffany Michelle Brown, Mara Malins, Danielle Davis, Renee Dominick, Brantwijn Serrah, Nicole Blackwood, Meredith Dark and Sara Dobie Bauer.

Available now from Amazon for $2.99 or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

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Pre-order kINKED

If you’re a regular reader of this blog or my social media you will definitely have heard me talk about this anthology before. kINKED is the second of the Pen and Kink anthologies, and one of the primary reasons that Pen and Kink Publishing even exists.

When I first started working as an Assistant Editor at Red Moon Romance I really, really wanted to do a fetish anthology, but since the imprint was just finding its feet the decision was made for me to edit something open to vanilla relationships first. That was Rough Edges. I love Rough Edges, don’t get me wrong, but once it was done and I got the green light to do kINKED I was freaking stoked.

And then stuff happened, World Weaver Press got new ownership and the Red Moon Romance imprint was folded back into the mother publishing company. And that change was a positive one, but since kINKED wasn’t really meant to have a speculative requirement it did mean that it would be more at home at P&K than WWP. And that is the abbreviated story of how kINKED came to be a Pen and Kink title. And one of the reasons that it’s special to me.

Another reason is because of the stories it contains. We’ve got plenty of BDSM in its various incarnations, and even a little voyeurism in case that’s your thing.

Every tattoo tells a story…

A submissive pain slut receives a tattoo as a reward for years of selfless service. A man’s body is used to deliver a very different kind of message to a domineering masochist. An exotic teahouse on an alien planet where one woman explores her submissiveness with a set of shapeshifting twins. These and other sizzling stories take you to the places where kink meets ink and leave you indelibly marked.

That’s the cover copy, but let me share a bit about the individual stories:

“Begin Again” by Tiffany Michelle Brown is a story about a woman whose first tattoo unlocks a whole other life for her, along with a long-lost love. (M/f)

“Inkarnate” by Mara Malins is about an artist who tries tattooing from a place of desperation and discovers not only a new career but a whole new world and a side of herself she hadn’t known existed. (M/f)

“The Courier” by Danielle Davis takes place in a world where paper is a precious commodity and so messages are often tattooed onto courier’s bodies. When one courier delivers a message the recipient wants to read over and over things it has a profound impact on his life. (F/m)

“Through Glass a Stranger” by Renee Dominick is about what happens when the man Liliya has been watching from afar decides to change the rules of their game. (Voyeur)

In “For the Occasion” by Brantwijn Serrah a lucky pain slut is gifted a brand new nipple tattoo by her mistress. (F/f)

“Sae-ri” by Nicole Blackwood features not one, but two sexy werewolf — and did I mention that they are twins? They’ve claimed Zoe as their own, but it’ll all be for nought if she doesn’t claim them in return. (M/M/f)

Kayla left her dominant partner, Mark, and got engaged to another man in”Ink and Ocean” by Meredith Dark. But soon after that engagement falls apart Kayla finds herself back in Mark’s apartment, teased and tempted by the past… (M/f)

“Painted Red” by Sara Dobie Bauer features a leading man with an interesting fetish — Ben loves tattoos. Like, he really, really loves tattoos. Will Angie’s issues keep her and Ben from being together or will he break down her defenses so they can find happiness together? (m/f)

kINKED will be available in two weeks — on March 14th — for the awesomely low price of $2.99.

But.

If you pre-order your copy now you can get it for only $0.99! That’s less than a buck, and that’s an amazing deal even if I do say so myself.

Pre-order your copy of kINKED now!

And once you’ve done that, be sure and enter this draw for either a great pair of wrist restraints or an Amazon gift card — your choice!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Show me your (k)INK!

kINKED is coming soon — like next month soon! To celebrate and help spread the word I’m hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway, check it out:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

First prize is a pair of KinkLab Neoprene Cuffs. These things are lovely and good for beginners or people who’ve done more than dabble with bondage. They are super comfortable and come in all black (like you can see above) or a sweet black and pink option (that you can see below).

But if wrist restraints aren’t your thing, that’s cool too. I will be happy to give you a $20 gift card from Amazon instead. It’s up to you!

Second prize is also an Amazon gift card.

KinkLab Neoprene cuffs in pink and black.

 

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Pen and Kink’s Anniversary Sale!

To celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Pen and Kink Publishing’s first anniversary, we’re having a sale!

There are a half dozen titles at discounted prices over there (you can see the full list here) but the two I’m most excited about are the ones with my name on the cover — Of Water and Rough Edges!

For a limited time you can get Of Water for free and Rough Edges for less than a buck!

Regularly: $0.99

Available now for free!

Kobo

Regularly $4.99

Available now for $0.99!

Amazon (US) (CA) (UK)

Kobo

B&N

iBooks

 

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