Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Poll Question

I'm curious. Do you tell people when they inspire something in your story? It could be a character, a situation, or something as simple as an item that appears in the story. Maybe this person is someone you know really well--family member, best friend, neighbor. Or maybe you don't know them at all but you've watched them all summer at the pool.

Ah, do you see where this is going? Up to this point, everything has been subconsciously done on my part. This summer, for the first time, I saw something and had the thought "I want to use that in one of my stories." It was a tattoo on one of the lifeguards. I stared for almost 2 months trying to figure out what it was (don't worry, I had sunglasses on and was quite cunning and discrete). I still don't know the story behind this guys tattoo, but I know what it reminded me of. That is what I'm using in my story. One of my characters now has a palm sized tattoo of flames (tear drop shaped) with an eye looking out from the center. Isn't that cool?

Anyway, every time I see this lifeguard two thoughts now run through my head and I need your opinion to know if I'm crazy or just stupid.
1. I'm really curious to know what the real tattoo is and the story behind it.
2. I feel like I should ask if he is alright with me giving his tattoo to my bad guy.

So, what would you do? You can leave a comment or fill out the poll to stay anonymous.

I also want a picture of it. After searching hundreds of thousands of tattoo images, I can't find anything like it. So, do I ask him if I can take a picture of his arm. Would you be weirded out by that?