On my desk right now: galleys for Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink (urban fantasy with magical tattoos, October), Sabrina Vourvoulias’s Ink (dystopian future SF with bar code tattoos, October), and Damien Grintalis’s Ink (horror with a tattoo that comes to life, December). Fascinating to see such very different takes on tattoos with such similar titles! Why are tattoos hot just now? Did we see so many of them on urban fantasy covers that they’ve become part of the canon without ever appearing in text? Was everyone inspired by the magical markings in books like Cat Valente’s Palimpsest and Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces novels? Or does the repeated use of “ink” hint that this is more about notions of permanence, ownership of the body (or, in Grintalis’s case, its betrayal), and self-expression?