I wouldn’t say I have a tattoo fetish.
I mean, sure, both the hero in Please and my current work in progress sport healthy doses of inked skin. And the heroine in my paranormal romance short, Ripe, has Diego Rivera’s Nude with Calla Lilies engraved on her back. But I’m not obsessed. It’s just that tattoos and erotic romance just seem made for each other.
I mean, think about it.
While erotic romance alphas may often seem tough and guarded, their tattoos reveal the depth of emotion hiding beneath. You could say that inked men literally wear their hearts on their sleeves. The pictures on their skin represent something so important, they want to be reminded of it every time they look in the mirror. Guys with tats are not easy-come, easy-go. They feel strongly, deeply, passionately. Mm.
Then there’s the whole bad-boy thing. After all, tattoos are subversive. Or at least, they used to be. Now, in North America at least, everyone from your barista to your kid’s kindergarten teacher seems to have one, but it wasn’t too long ago that skin art was seen mainly on those who had turned their backs on the conformist values of the white middle class. That shadowy history still colors it. Despite their prevalence, tattoos project that I-don’t-care-what-you-think vibe. They say rebel, rule-breaker, risk-taker. And that is incredibly sexy.
How about the actual process of getting the tattoo? Hints of sadomasochism aside, there’s the whole vulnerability thing going on. Big strong man lies down and lets someone go to work on him. Willing submission. Penetration. Need I say more?
And, of course, tattoos are the ultimate symbol of commitment. I’m not talking about celebrities getting matching tats to immortalize their love. But a hero who has permanently altered his body, and in most cases, displays it for the world to see, shows that he’s willing to go all-in for something when it means enough to him.
What could be more romantic than that?
Are you into ink, too? Check out my Pinterest board Tattoos.
Photo Credit: Lily Lvnatikk