The concept behind Pen & Ink is certainly unique, though I was skeptical about the idea when I first heard about the site. The idea of yet another Tumblr posting the stories behind peoples’ tattoos had me rolling my eyes–there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong when it comes to posting pictures of peoples’ tattoos indiscriminately. Then I read on Laughing Squid that the managing editor of Rumpus Magazine (Isaac Fitzgerald) and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton were involved. I had no choice but to check it out.
Here’s what sold me on the project: there’s no photos. Each post includes a user-submitted story alongside a simple pen & ink rendering of it. The illustration over photo approach cuts out any room for critiquing the tattoo itself, placing all the emphasis on the story rather than the result.
I’m curious what everyone else has to say–or, more importantly, if any of you are planning on submitting your own stories for consideration.