Here’s one more example that Neil Gaiman rocks.
Burton Olivier wanted a cool tattoo, so he asked the “American Gods” author to write a special comic just for him. Gaiman agreed (with the stipulation that Olivier make a contribution to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) and enlisted comic book artist David Mack to design it. And then it was off to the tattoo parlor.
This is the poem Gaiman wrote:
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.
Which author would you like to design a tattoo for you?