Tao Lin Tells Tattoo Tale

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If you didn’t already know, Rumpus co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald and Rumpus contributor Wendy MacNaughton run a spiffy little blog called Pen & Ink, which documents “tattoos and the stories behind them.”

Today, alt-lit luminary Tao Lin reveals the meaning behind his impulsively acquired wrist tattoo.

We’ll just say this: any tattoo that addresses both existential anxiety and household chores is probably a success.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →