and all because of this.
my tattoo is over my right shoulder blade. it's a cute little salamander winding down the curve of my upper blade. i named it jake.
the summer i successfully defended my dissertation plan and passed my prelims, i decided to mark the moment. so, with some friends, i picked a clean tattoo salon on sunset blvd, ruched up my skirt, took off my shirt and straddled the back of a chair while tony, the ex-con from east la, etched a tattoo into my skin with black ink.