The Word Made Flesh
"In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
-Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
Done by Mandy Snyder at Lucky Monkey Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI.

"In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

-Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl


Done by Mandy Snyder at Lucky Monkey Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI.

e e cummings “i like my body when it is with your”

e e cummings “i like my body when it is with your”

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.They answered me: “Why should any one be frightened by a hat?”My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then, I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained.
 
From Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de St Exupéry

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.
They answered me: “Why should any one be frightened by a hat?”
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then, I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained.

 


From Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de St Exupéry

I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written.
Seamus Heaney (via nprfreshair)
Shakespeare, from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream"Find, though she be but little, she is fierce,"

Shakespeare, from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream
"Find, though she be but little, she is fierce,"

Bluebird
there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I’m too tough for him,I say, stay in there, I’m not goingto let anybody seeyou.there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I pour whiskey on him and inhalecigarette smokeand the whores and the bartendersand the grocery clerksnever know thathe’sin there.there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I’m too tough for him,I say,stay down, do you want to messme up?you want to screw up theworks?you want to blow my book sales inEurope?there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I’m too clever, I only let him outat night sometimeswhen everybody’s asleep.I say, I know that you’re there,so don’t besad.then I put him back,but he’s singing a littlein there, I haven’t quite let himdieand we sleep together likethatwith oursecret pactand it’s nice enough tomake a manweep, but I don’tweep, doyou?
-Charles Bukowski
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Bluebird

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

-Charles Bukowski

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Of all my tattoos, this will be the one I’ll still love when I’m 80.  HP<3

Of all my tattoos, this will be the one I’ll still love when I’m 80.  HP<3

Live Deep in white ink - &#8220;I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life&#8230;&#8221; - Walden (Thoreau)

Live Deep in white ink - “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” - Walden (Thoreau)

I&#8217;m a writer; Allen Ginsberg is my favorite. Got this beautiful crescent moon tattoo as a reminder to follow his writing advice:"It’s more important to concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. Take [William Carlos] Williams: until he was 50 or 60, he was a local nut from Paterson, New Jersey, as far as the literary world was concerned. He went half a century without real recognition except among his friends and peers.
You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening. If you’re grasping to get your own voice, you’re making a strained attempt to talk, so it’s a matter of just listening to yourself as you sound when you’re talking about something that’s intensely important to you.&#8221;

I’m a writer; Allen Ginsberg is my favorite. Got this beautiful crescent moon tattoo as a reminder to follow his writing advice:

"It’s more important to concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. Take [William Carlos] Williams: until he was 50 or 60, he was a local nut from Paterson, New Jersey, as far as the literary world was concerned. He went half a century without real recognition except among his friends and peers.

You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening. If you’re grasping to get your own voice, you’re making a strained attempt to talk, so it’s a matter of just listening to yourself as you sound when you’re talking about something that’s intensely important to you.”

"At times our need for a sympathetic gesture is so great that we care not what exactly it signifies or how much we may have to pay for it afterwards.”

-E.M. Forster

A &#8220;kiss&#8221; from Peter Pan.

A “kiss” from Peter Pan.

21st birthday tattoo, done by Quintin Carnage at Full Sail Tattoos, Grahamstown, South Africa. Bloody delighted.
“For long the two enemies looked at one another; Hook shuddering slightly, and Peter with the strange smile upon his face.‘So, Pan,’ said Hook at last, ‘this is all your doing.’‘Aye, James Hook,’ came the stern answer, ‘it is all my doing.’‘Proud and insolent youth,’ said Hook, ‘prepare to meet thy doom.’‘Dark and sinister man,’ Peter answered, ‘have at thee.”- from Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

21st birthday tattoo, done by Quintin Carnage at Full Sail Tattoos, Grahamstown, South Africa. Bloody delighted.

“For long the two enemies looked at one another; Hook shuddering slightly, and Peter with the strange smile upon his face.
‘So, Pan,’ said Hook at last, ‘this is all your doing.’
‘Aye, James Hook,’ came the stern answer, ‘it is all my doing.’
‘Proud and insolent youth,’ said Hook, ‘prepare to meet thy doom.’
‘Dark and sinister man,’ Peter answered, ‘have at thee.”
- from Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

"and though she be but little, she is fierce." &#8212; helena, a midsummer night&#8217;s dream, III, ii.
the script is &#8220;library hand&#8221;, a type of handwriting that library students used to have to learn in order for handwritten cards in card catalogues to look uniform. as a former english major and current library student who is frequently referred to as tiny, it was the perfect choice for my first tattoo. the work was done by the fabulous tony at mooncusser in provincetown, ma. 

"and though she be but little, she is fierce." — helena, a midsummer night’s dream, III, ii.

the script is “library hand”, a type of handwriting that library students used to have to learn in order for handwritten cards in card catalogues to look uniform. as a former english major and current library student who is frequently referred to as tiny, it was the perfect choice for my first tattoo. the work was done by the fabulous tony at mooncusser in provincetown, ma. 

Done at Showdown Tattoos in Edmonton, Alberta by Sydney :) 

Done at Showdown Tattoos in Edmonton, Alberta by Sydney :) 

From Jane Eyre: I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.This captured best the way I wish to live my life

From Jane Eyre: I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

This captured best the way I wish to live my life