This is a quote from the John Keats poem “On the Grasshopper and the Cricket,” and I got it both because of my love for ecocritical literature/nature writing as well as my love for my grandma. She gave me a small book of poetry when I was little, and that was the quote on the front. She died last October, and I am very glad that I had this tattoo to memorialize her. I also love Keats’ poetry, so it was just about perfect for me!
|—||Hunter S. Thompson|
The top tattoo is a reference to the concept of timshel developed by John Steinbeck in East of Eden, the symbolism of rivers developed by Hermann Hesse in Siddhartha, and Robert Frost’s poetry describing birch trees.
The gadfly tattoo is a Socrates reference—Socrates was always called a gadfly by the haters for asking questions, challenging the status quo, and being “pesky”.
Literary tattoos are the greatest tattoos.
Both done by my best friend Macauley.
The baby bat
Screamed out in fright,
“Turn on the dark,
I’m afraid of the light.”
- Batty by Shel Silverstein
The only baby I’ll ever bear. Many thanks to Lisa at Good Mojo.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
|—||Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle (via mynameiscollins)|
My third tattoo, and my first with colour. Now, wherever I go, I’ll always have a couple of books with me :)