Track 36: Tattoos

Welcome to episode thirty-six of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.

In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome author jemariel to discuss fics where Dean or Cas (or both!) have tattoos. Fics include jemariel’s Cats and Tats, Not the Fire But the Spark by goldenraeofsun, Make You Feel My Love by sternchencas, Under My Skin by xylodemon, and plenty more.

You can find our Mixtape Book Club Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.

As always, Mixtape Book Club contains swearing and discussion of adult topics. Please listen at your own discretion, with attention paid to any little ears that might be nearby!

A transcript is available for this episode.

Our Guest – jemariel

Find jemariel on the Profound Bond Discord server, or on tumblr. All of their works are on Ao3 here.

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Cats and Tats by jemariel (12:07)
Published 2019-2020, 38k words, E

Dean’s tattoo studio is his baby, and now this ridiculous pastel coffee shop is going to come along and ruin his bad ass aesthetic? No way. Except it’s not just any old cafe, and the owner is kind of ridiculously handsome…

Castiel is in over his head, opening the Toe Bean while trying to finish veterinary school. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the gorgeous tattoo artist next door who doesn’t even seem to like cats very much….

But the real question is: Will Sam Winchester ever get a moment’s peace??

Not the Fire But the Spark by goldenraeofsun (52:53)
Published 2020, 30k works, E

Dean refused to look up his soulmate. His parents ran into each other by chance. Karen stopped by Bobby’s garage after her car unexpectedly broke down. Sam got seated next to Eileen on a plane, and he spent two hours miming conversation before she admitted she read lips.

Was it stupid for Dean to hold out for a story like that? Probably.

But he doesn’t regret his decision – not until Castiel Novak wanders into his tattoo parlor, asking about a cover up for his soulmark.

Under My Skin by xylodemon (1:03:37)
Published 2017, 4606 words, E

Dean wants to keep Cas close.

Make You Feel My Love by sternchencas with art by caswatchesoveryou (37:47)
Published for Dean/Cas reverse bang 2018, 24k words, E

For the first time in his life, Dean has a ticket to the ‘Heaven on Earth Music Festival’ and after enjoying a weekend full of music, fast food, and freaky people, he takes a late night walk over the festival grounds to say goodbye. Little does he know that the weekend is far from over and that fate has a gift for him – a tall, dark, and tattooed gift.

Castiel regrets many things in his life, but in the midst of a sea of tents, he makes a choice that leads fate to finally give him a break – a hot, sweet break, in need of an angel.

Other Tattoo AUs (1:12:50)

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What’s your favorite tattoo related fic? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen.

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