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“This Ink Feels Like Sorrow” by Karin Lowachee

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The art of a tattoo lies beyond what is seen on the surface of the skin. There is a whole other dimension to the ancient practice of inking permanent marks across the body, and a young Inuit tattoo artist is trying to understand his obsession with his job. He uses the people tattoos to release his own emotions visualizing each color as its own feeling, but the colors begin to darken after he loses his twin brother Shan. This artist covers himself in the anger, pain, and loneliness of his loss. He has to wonder if his ability to transfer emotion was not the origin of Shan’s addiction to drugs.
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About the Author
Karin was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel WARCHILD won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Both WARCHILD and her third novel CAGEBIRD were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. Her books have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies edited by Nalo Hopkinson, John Joseph Adams and Ann VanderMeer.
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