“He was not such a special person. He loved to read very much, and also to write. He was a poet, and he exhibited me many of his poems. I remember many of them. They were silly, you could say, and about love. He was always in his room writing those things, and never with people. I used to tell him, What good is all that love doing on paper? I said, Let love write on you for a little. But he was so stubborn. Or perhaps he was only timid.” - jonathan safran foer, everything is illuminated
(tattoo by ryan whitson @ ben around tattoo in charlottesville, va)
Wordsworth’s We are seven
After going through a period of emotional hell and losing someone close to me, I got this quote to remind me of my strength and the lotus to show how something beautiful can grow from mud.
The LOC call # to the first edition of my favorite favorite book, The Sun Also Rises. This is the call # to the signed first edition in the rare books library where I work…I got this the day I graduated from library school.
This was the first tattoo I ever got. It’s the first two lines of “The Riddle of Strider” from The Lord of the Rings. It reads, “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost”. It’s written in Tengwar, and it’s surrounding the Crowned White tree of Gondor.
Tattoo was done by Josh at HOD Tattoo in Buffalo, NY.
Do not go gentle in to that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas.
by Aniatattoo.pl in Kraków, Poland.
The Outsiders has always been my favorite book. This tattoo reminds me to always look at things with innocence
First tattoo, done last July, when I was living in New York. It had been a really tough, but ultimately transformative summer, and I decided to finally get the tattoo I’d been dreaming of for years. The semi-colon was added because it’s my favorite punctuation mark, and it “symbolizes the metaphorical ability to stop, but the choice to continue,” even though Vonnegut regarded them as “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.” That’s the only thing I’ve ever disagreed with him on.
Thomas Pynchon - Gravity’s Rainbow. Proverbs For Paranoids
Needle and House Martell’s motto “Unbent, unbowed, unbroken”
Max and a wild thing, from Sendak’s Where the Wild Things are. My mum always read this to me as a kid…easily my favourite book
Harry Potter. Deathly Hallows. Always.
Bonus: Gryffindor scarf.