Sunday, September 16, 2012

So you want a real tattoo

During the 2012 SF 3-Day Walk, a woman came running up to our sweep van, because we had her tattoo on the side of the van: it was our Rock the Pink magnetic sign, and the design is based on the tattoo I designed for myself last year.

It turned out, she'd wanted a different kind of pink ribbon tattoo, Googled for ideas, and when she found one she liked, she took it to her artist and had it inked onto the back of her neck. And that tattoo just happened to be mine.

Now...technically...this is very bad form. You don't rip off someone else's custom ink, and this is most definitely custom. I conceived it, sketched it, owned it. Since then I've found 2 more people online who have done the same thing, getting copies of my tattoo.


For this, I don't mind at all. If you want to copy the tattoo on yourself, please do. I get a weird little kick out of it, and I'll even give you something to print out to take to your artist:

Click to may want to add your own twist, and that's cool, too...

What I ask you to not do is to get the image on any sort of merchandise. No t-shirts, hats, buttons, etc. I'm in the process of getting this trademarked, and I feel a need to protect my trademark.

If you want this on a t-shirt or hat, it's available for you to purchase.

I'm tickled pink (ha!) that people want this as a real tattoo, and for that everyone has my blessing. Just hands off my image for merchandise, please.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rock the Pink, The Book

The question I get more than any: what's it like? From the training to the actual walk, people who are thinking about walking in a multi-day charity even want an idea of what they might be getting into. After being asked for the umpth time, I started asking in return, if there was a book, what would you want to know? What could I tell you that would give you the answers you want, but without telling you too much?

Rock the Pink became the format for the answers to the questions I was being asked; as a writer, this felt like the right way to go, and as a plus, it's another way to raise funds.

Yep, every dime I earn on this book will be donated toward a future walk; I have planned at least one breast cancer walk this year, but after that, anything the book earns will be donated toward others' fundraising effort. I know a lot of people walking for the SGK 3 Day, the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, for the National MS Society, Heart Disease, and Leukemia & Lymphoma.

Rock the Pink is available in print from most online booksellers, and currently is available for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

Hey, I'll beg if I have to.
And...thanks :)

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From the back cover:

It's simple; you're considering participating in a multi-day charity walk event, but you have no idea what you're up against. "Rock the Pink" is author and blogger K.A. Thompson's what-it's-like account of training for and participating in a 3 day 60 mile breast cancer walk. Part memoir, part guide book, Rock the Pink will outline the basics of what it's like to train-battling blisters, chronic pain, and heat-and what a new walker can expect on the event. Profits from the sale of this book will be used to raise funds for future walks.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pink Ribbon Feet Temporary Tattoos!

Tattoos are unavailable now...we handed a bunch of them out at the 2012 Komen San Francisco walk, and more will be handed out in Phoenix. It just seemed like more fun to give them to walkers than to hold onto them and sell a few here and there.

Next year, I hope to have people handing them out on more of the walks!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

2012 Walk Season is Here

We're (that's the royal "we") ramping up for walking in 2012, and the fundraising is about to begin. This year will be a little bit different; I'm likely to only walk in one event this year (I'm still undecided about the second) but even after I walk--in the Avon Walk in San Francisco in July--I'll continue on, because I have friends who are walking in events the follow mine.

New this year: there's a Rock the Pink store, where you can buy t-shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas, bags, teddy bears...tons of stuff. Currently there are 5 designs to choose from, with more on the way.

Also new (and coming soon): temporary tattoos! After I got my pink ribbon feet tattoo this year several people asked about a temporary tattoo for team use during their events, and within a week or so I should have 5,000 tattoos available (I have 2,000 purplish colored tattoos available now...a color mistake during printing resulted in some not-so-pink feet, BUT there are other cancer walks and purple is the general cancer awareness ribbon color. I'll make those for sale soon, too) and once I have the pink feet in hand, I'll post a link for orders.

And as always, there will be a couple of cool prizes; I don't know exactly what yet, so stayed tuned. It'll be good!
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