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Personal Ink: Tattoos of the Lovebirds Who Almost Didn’t Meet

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It’s once again time for Personal Ink—our monthly column where we showcase authors and the tattoos that grace their skin. A tattoo is never just a careless image: whether sentimental or silly, it’s always an expression of the person behind the ink. This month we’re featuring two writers, Kassi Underwood and Mike Murphy. Kassi has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic Online, Al Jazeera America, and Guernica. Mike studied nonfiction and is currently teaching high school in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The fellow authors met at the prestigious Columbia MFA program, where their love of writing helped bring them together. Now they’re getting married at the end of July and their matching tattoos have become part of their story.…

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Rites of Passage author Joy N. Hensley shares her Personal Ink

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After reading Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them, we quickly realized that tattoos are never just an image printed on your skin. Whether sentimental or quirky, tattoos are an expression of self that always tells a unique story. In our monthly column, Personal Ink, we explore tattoos belonging to writers and illustrators, giving you a unique insight into the stories behind the art on their skin. For June, we’re featuring young adult author Joy N. Hensley. Hensley is the author of Rites of Passage, published by Harper Teen in 2014. Her novel follows Sam McKenna, a 16-year-old who’s determined to be the first girl to graduate from the elite Denmark military school. Called an “absorbing read” and…

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