Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Brief History of the Tramp Stamp on Urban Fantasy Covers-- Thanks (for the Heads Up) John

Sci-Fi Guy put this together and I love it. I sincerely appreciate being allowed to borrow it too.


Steve Malley said...

Three things:

1. Now that there was one FUN video! (Do we still call them videos?!) A pleasant smile spreads across my face...

2. Over half of US adults 18-40 are tattooed. Seems to me more book covers should reflect real life.

3. Surely he doesn't mean to imply that corsets and/or undone jeans are a *bad* thing???

Surely not.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go buy some urban fantasy... :)

furiousBall said...

Jeremy Grey: Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bullseye.

daydream said...

Thes, You saw the same thing at the same time as me. A writer friend of me posted this as I might find it amusing.

I think he tries to mock UF cover art as highly stereotypical, I think people never get tired of a woman in a corset holding a weapon. I don't find it that bad and there are actual limitations as to how one cover art involving photo manipulation, so I don't know why he picks that up.

T.D. Newton said...


At least in Jacqueline Carey's case, the tattoos on the cover are justifiable (as they ARE integral to the story... at least in the first one... the books are too long for me to have gotten through them all by now).

RE Steve: I am tattoo'd!

SQT said...


I'm sure corsets are only bad if a woman has to wear one.

I still have no tats.


Yep. I know a lot of guys who view them that way.


I think he's just trying to point out how once a trend gets started everyone in the genre picks up on it. You have to admit, once you see a UF cover you pretty much always know how to recognize one-- not necessarily a bad thing.


I thought the same thing when he started with the Carey covers but I think that was his point. The Briggs' covers on her Mercy Thompson series also reflect the character and her tats (or at least one that is mentioned specifically). The tattoos on the cover of The Iron Hunt are also specific to the story.

Avery DeBow said...

Being one of the marked set, I do like to see (and write) characters with ink, although I think the particular tramp stamp thing on covers has been overplayed a bit.

Sqt: Corsets are a girl's best friend--you can go all night, eat and drink what you want, and never once worry about having to suck in. And they're not as horrible as you might imagine--providing Mammy isn't the one lacing you up.

Avery DeBow said...

furiousball -- Bullseye for what, exactly?