Happy Year of the Tiger!

Happy Year of the Tiger, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger
Artist: Hiroki Takeda, via Spoon and Tamago

Happy Year of the Tiger! Tiger years happen to be my favourite in the cycle (mostly because I was born in one). The zodiac tiger is a symbol of strength, “exorcising evils,” and bravery, and this Year of the Tiger is supposed to be a prosperous, uplifting, and hopeful one. If you were born during a Year of the Tiger, wear red this year for good luck.

Happy Year of the Tiger, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger, Maneki tiger gif, maneki cat gif
Gif by Bento Graphics, via Spoon and Tamago

And just in case anyone needs to hear this:

Happy Year of the Tiger, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger. Friendly reminder that I hereby formally invite everyone to celebrate lunar new year.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous Year of the Tiger!

Gong hay fat choy!

Aspasía S. Bissas

🧿

Literary Ink

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos.
Photo by Dominika Roseclay on Pexels.com, The swallow is a common symbol in literature.

I don’t have any tattoos (mainly because I can never settle on a design long enough to get one), but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate some attractive ink, especially when there’s meaning behind it. These book lovers did settle on a design, and they picked ones that reflected their love of the literary. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or just interested in seeing what others have done, enjoy…

Although I think watercolour-style tattoos probably don’t age well, they’re absolutely beautiful when they’re fresh.

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo
Credit photo: Instagram.com/debrartist
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

I’m not usually a fan of quote tattoos, but this Little Prince one has my full approval:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. the little prince

The clean lines and simple design of this Clockwork Orange tattoo evoke the book’s cover perfectly:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. a clockwork orange
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. a clockwork orange, anthony burgess

Nancy Drew is pure nostalgia for me. This silhouette tattoo is beautifully done:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. nancy drew
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. book covers, carolyn keene, nancy drew

Some have gotten portraits of favourite authors:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. author portrait, edgar allan poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. sylvia plath
Sylvia Plath via instagram @movegatattoos

I’ve never read any of Hermann Hesse’s writing, but this is a great tattoo:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. hermann hesse
Artist: Pawel Indulski

I think these do a lovely job of expressing how books can open worlds to a reader…

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

…or how it feels to get lost in a good book…

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

And you can’t go wrong with including other things you love:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. books and tea
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. cat, wine, books, watercolor tattoo

Which one is your favourite? Do you have a literary (or other) tattoo? Share in the comments…

Looking for your next read? Download Love Lies Bleeding (there’s an unusual tattoo featured in it too)…

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

Van Gogh Immersive

Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com

My first real venture back into “normal” life happened on Wednesday, when after months of postponements due to lockdowns, I finally got to go see the Van Gogh Immersive exhibit! Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite what I’d been expecting, or hoping for. While the people working there were absolutely fantastic, the venue just wasn’t the right one for this kind of show. But you know what? I don’t care. It was just amazing to be out enjoying art in person again (I should add that everyone there was vaccinated and wearing masks). Sometimes, a disappointing experience can still be perfect 🙂

Have you seen anything good (or disappointing but still good) lately? Share in the comments…

Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com
Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com
Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com
Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com
Van Gogh Immersive, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com

A good book can help you get over life’s little disappointments– download one of mine now….

Aspasia S. Bissas books: Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Magic, Tooth & Claw, book, books, free book, free books, freebies, freebie, free ebook, free ebooks, vampire, vampires, dark fantasy, dark romance, historical fiction, gothic fiction, gothic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, horror, dark reads, indie author, indie fiction, strong female protagonist, aspasiasbissas.com

Love Lies Bleeding: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books
FREE Blood Magic: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books
FREE Tooth & Claw: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books

If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Stay safe,

Aspasía S. Bissas

(PS: All photos by yours truly)

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