I've read two book recently, both published within the last year, with heroes who are presented as scary, intimidating guys. Why do the heroines feel this way? What's the cue that these guys are threatening, criminal, and/or low class? They have tattoos.
Really? Because I'm about as non-threatening, law abiding, white bread as it gets, and I have two of 'em. You can't swing a cat without hitting one of us tattooed weirdos. They're so routine on college campuses that they've practically become a cliche, and have been since the late 80s/early 90s. For God's sake, Jenny Crusie has a tramp stamp. (Which I read about on her blog once, but can't find the post now and therefore can't link to. I did however, spend a lovely hour rereading posts from 2008, and laughed so hard I scared the cat when I came across a reference to the Korean Restaurant Story.)
So please, authors, lay off the tattoos as Signs of Evil Intent. There's a pretty good chance that a large portion of your readership has them, too, and we don't appreciate it.
Lip Balm of the Day: Peacock Puffs (lime, blueberry, cake)