|—||Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (via evatalmadge)|
I also know that the shock of Annabel’s death consolidated the frustration of that nightmare summer, made of it a permanent obstacle to any further romance throughout the cold years of my youth. The spiritual and the physical had been blended in us with a perfection that must remain incomprehensible to the matter-of-fact, crude, standard-brained youngsters of today. Long after her death I felt her thoughts floating through mine. Long before we met we had had the same dreams. We compared notes. We found strange affinities. The same June of the same year (1919) a stray canary had fluttered into her house and mine, in two widely separated countries. Oh, Lolita, had you loved me thus!
-Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita
The illustration depicts two things in life, as referred to in (and inspired by) Ned Vizzini’s novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Anchors and tentacles. One keeps you safe, grounded, sane; the other entangles you and pulls you in every direction, creating chaos, stunting growth and maturity, as well as leading to anxiety and self-doubt. The tentacles represent stressful and/or mundane tasks, bad habits, distractions, negative people, etc., while the anchors are represented by the meaningful, grounding things in life like family, friends, love, favorite activities, faith, God, etc. I drew the tattoo this way because I felt it was the best way to showcase both the anchor and the tentacle as it continually crept up the anchor, the rope, then eventually the vessel — myself, as I attempt to live and fight against the tentacles in life… “‘til i sink.”
|—||Katherine Patterson, Jacob Have I Loved (via effyeahyoungadultlit)|
One of my favorite lines, from my favorite play by The Bard. I occasionally suffer from anxiety and this reminds me, even on my “littlest” days, that I can be fierce.
Done by Melissa at Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo. The font was picked by a graphic designer friend, it’s called Bodoni.
|—||Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche (via literarylines)|
Greyjoy sigil from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”.
What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.
This is probably my coolest tattoo!
It is in reference to S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The greaser skull is possibly the most obvious reference to the culture of the book. The crossed fountain pen and switchblade are a nod to Johnny and Randy’s realizations that the fighting won’t solve anything, and Ponyboy’s eventual recourse to writing as a way to overcome the violence. The quote running up the side says “Tuff enough”, which is a phrase the Greasers use to call something cool, and is a homonym with the phrase “Tough enough”, which was something I needed to believe of myself at the time I got the tattoo.
The concept was dreamt up by me, but all of the creativity and artwork that went into the actual design was perfectly executed by the inimitable Ian McAlister at Red, Hot, and Blue Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a brilliant artist and a kind, funny, bad ass man.
This is my take on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tattoo.
It was my first! Done by Arden at Adrenaline Vancity in Vancouver, B.C.