Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- “I must not tell lies”
I’m doing a book sleeve, and this is my tribute to Harry Potter <3
I am so happy to finally have a good picture that shows off my tattoo. I got this after going through a hard time in my life to remind myself that as long as my heart beats, I will be ok.
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
This past weekend I acquired my second tattoo, my first literary one. I have loved reading ever since I can remember, but something truly special happened when I first picked up “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Within the first three pages, I knew that this book would be my favorite. Ray Bradbury is my literary hero and so this is a little tribute to him and his beautiful writing.
A deep sea diver fighting the Kraken with the quote,
"What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire"
from Charles Bukowski’s poem, “How Is Your Heart”
"I showed this to my parents and asked them if it scared them. They responded: ‘why would a picture of a hat scare us?’
My picture was not of a hat. To explain, I drew a second picture: it was a boa constrictor that had swallowed an entire elephant whole. The adults told me to stop drawing snakes and focus on geography and math and history and grammar, and thus I abandoned a great life as a painter. The adults can never understand anything by themselves and it wears me out to always have to give explanations—so, I never talk to them about boa constrictors, or of ancient forests, or of stars.” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” - Le Petit Prince
(Thank you Jim @ 454 Tattoo in Encinidas CA!)
These two are on the same arm: the wrist is Jane Austen’s official signature, and the upper-arm piece is the famous Austen silhouette portrait.
On my upper left arm, the inscription from the One Ring.
On my left forearm, notebook paper lines so that as a writer I never have an excuse not to write. All I need is a pen and voila!
"That was their little game.
It didn’t interest me.
I wasn’t much of a petty thief.
I wanted the whole world or nothing.”
Bukowski, Charles. “Post Office.” Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1971. Print.
"Your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories. And there is no telling where any of them may lead."
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
From Conrad Aiken’s gravestone inscription, which I found out about from reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, one of my favourite books.
I love the sense of wanderlust that it generates and how they sum up my desire to not put down roots in one place.
"In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.” -Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams