Brian Lindenmuth: What was the first tattoo you ever got and why did you decide to get it?
Angel Luis Colón: I was 18 – it was the late 1990’s…GUESS WHO GOT A SWEET TRIBAL-STYLE TATTOO? It’s on the left side of my left calf. All black. Super edgy.
What was that first experience like?
Fun but it’s a little murky. I went to a joint around the corner from my house called Tattoo Seen. The guy who did the work was cool enough but being an idiot kid probably didn’t help matters. I was insufferable back then (and still am but just a lot prettier).
Tattoos can capture a memory, or are representative of a feeling or a person. What is your most meaningful tattoo, and why?
My latest tattoo, a portrait of the Gill-Man with the words “SOMEBODY’S FAVORITE” on the border is pretty meaningful to me. It is an homage to the unfortunate bastard that tried to be my first father figure and a bit of a message to me as a writer to maintain my course – to not worry about what anyone thinks so long as I’m doing what I love.
What was your last tattoo?
I got the Gill-Man mentioned before in May.
When will you get your next one?
If I had my druthers, tomorrow. The wife gets the next shot, though. I’ve gotten three in a row and should take a break for a little bit.
Any tattoos you regret?
Nope. I love all 8.
What do your tattoos say about you?
That I’m a nerd. I’ve got Spider-Man, the Gill-Man, Edgar Allan Poe, and an homage to Twin Peaks permanently inked on me.
The deeper story? Pop culture kept a quiet little kid in a fucked up situation from going off the deep end.
How do others react to your tattoos?
Mostly bemusement. I don’t really care.
What do tattoos bring to our culture?
I think that depends on what tattoos mean to the person. For me, my tattoos are a story for me to enjoy first – a little biography through bloodshed. That said, I look at tattoos as a means of processing our lives.
Do you have a go to tattoo person/shop? Give them a shout-out!
Baz over at Clash City Tattoo in the East Village is my dude. Brilliant tattooist.
Angel Luis Colón is a Derringer and Anthony Award shortlisted author. His published works include the titles: PULL & PRAY, NO HAPPY ENDINGS, the BLACKY JAGUAR series of novellas, the short story anthology; MEAT CITY ON FIRE (AND OTHER ASSORTED DEBACLES), and the upcoming HELL CHOSE ME (2019).
His short fiction has appeared in multiple web and print publications including Thuglit, Literary Orphans, and Great Jones Street. He also hosts the podcast, the bastard title.
Keep up with him on Twitter via @GoshDarnMyLife