Tattoos and Reviews


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The Story Of My Tattoo

Patrick Freyne | Irish Times | 14th November 2021

Series of short interviews with people about why they got their tattoos. What emerges is a litany of trauma marked upon the body, as each subject describes the emotional turmoil that led to the ink on their skin. Common themes emerge — bereavement, abuse, estrangement — but the images chosen to represent those feelings are utterly individual. Surprisingly moving (3,257 words)


A Dog's Performance Review

Caroline O'Donoghue | Irish Examiner | 24th October 2021

Silly and delightful. The writer imagines the performance review that she and her partner would give their terrier, who they adopted in the hope that she would take care of their rodent problem. She did not. "I’m sorry to say you are now officially on employee probation. Your work will be under strict review, and if you fail again — well. Nothing will happen. You will continue living a wonderful life" (930 words)


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