True Fans

November 22nd, 2012

A little while ago I was at a signing with Peter V. Brett, and a fan turned up with sigils from Peat’s books tattooed upon her body.  I was naturally hurt and upset.  Had I no true fans to deface their flesh with my work?

Turns out I have.  Step forward, Brent!

 And details:

 The quotes are, ‘Love is a fine cushion to rest upon, but only hate can make you a better person’, ‘Armour is part of a state of mind in which you admit the possibility of being hit,’ and ‘People would far rather settle for an easy lie than a difficult truth, especially when it suits their own purposes.’  Noble sentiments, clearly expressed!

Sierra and Danielle took the less hardcore step of surrounding my books with weapons and taking a photo.

I am 85% moved and 15% scared.

I like that ratio!

Posted in news by Joe Abercrombie on November 22nd, 2012.

17 comments so far

  • Richard says:

    True fans?

    Joe I have your face tattooed on my right bum cheek!

    I suppose signing it is out of the question?

  • Tenesmus says:

    Joe, I am having a good go of it reading Red Country. I am about to start Act IV, and I hope you have some surprises left for me. One thing that would improve my enjoyment would be if some fan of yours posted a list of characters from your novels that I could take a gander at. I know I am probably missing some cameos and references, and that bothers me a bit. Does such a list exist anywhere on the internets?

  • David says:


    Check out the thread on the A Song of Ice and Fire forums. Its in Misc. > Literature. Theres a spolier thread that has a fair amount of discussion on the characters that have previously appeared in Joe’s work, new characters and concepts etc.

  • Goran says:

    Since we’re already talking about fans and associated art, how ’bout this little piece done by yours truly?

  • Tenesmus says:

    @David Can you provide a link? There are many forums on the nets.

  • Hawkeyye says:

    Pretty sweet, Brent! Bravo!

  • Frank Fitzpatrick says:


    Jesus H. Christ!

  • Storm in the High Places says:

    Goran. Awsome work is it from bth undereneath the city with shanka.

  • Goran says:


    Yeah, it was quite literally a face-melting scene.

  • Doug says:

    I tried to have “It’s better to do it than to live with the fear of it” tattooed on my junk. Sadly, only “It’s better to do it” ended up fitting.

  • Anders says:

    Dear Joe
    First thing first.

    I have read your works as well as those by Peter V Brett and although you seem to target different audiences – yours being the more adult segment – let there be no doubt, I think you are the better writer.

    Second – what do you mean no true fans ??
    What do you expect, that we take a pair bolt cutter and cut a finger off and perhaps lose a chunk out of one ear to better mirror the looks of the Bloody Nine ?
    I personally preordered Red Country and – despite the moaning and groaning of my wife and kids – found that I simply had to read it in every spare moment until finished. I have had It that way with all your books and I can’t wait until you tell us all that you are back where you belong – In front of the computer writhing !!

    So with this of my chest I will just mention that they are call wards in Peter V Bretts books – not sigils.
    Have a nice day.
    Kind regards

  • Nick says:

    Not gonna lie — I have a tattoo sleeve that includes The Bloody-Nine and Caul Shivers representations… and the entire sleeve is in a fantasy theme that stemmed from reading your books…

    just got my numbered – autographed best served cold too… and finished up Red Country last week… how’s that for a true fan??

  • Roger says:


    The characters that repeat are:

    The First Law: Logen, Shivers, Nicomo Cosca, Carlot Eider, Salem Rews/Pike, Brint, Zacharus, and Lorsen.
    Best Served Cold: Friendly
    The Heroes: Glama Golden, Hedges and Dimbik.

    The thread at is:

    Good stuff. You can find me there as “the Hairy Bear”.

  • Chris says:

    I would get a tatoo of the bloody nine if I was a person who got tatoos!

    The Katana’s and Sai’s are a bit out of place with the theme of the books.

  • samuel says:

    Dear Joe – huge fan, especially of the first law books, i just wanted to know if you had any ideas in the works for Ferro to pop back into the stories, shes always been an interesting character but after the last argument i havent read anything of her, just wondering 🙂 thanks, Sam

  • Michael says:

    Absolutely beautiful ink – stunning work.

    I might be tempted to say I’m a bit jealous.

    Guess it’s time to go under the needle again…

  • SIX says:

    Powefull literature has a deeper message as the First Law Trilogy does. I would like to read an explanation of themes and symbolism of your moderm classic. Where can I find this?

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