The Word Made Flesh
"and your very flesh shall be a great poem," in Walt Whitman’s handwriting, from Leaves of Grass.

"and your very flesh shall be a great poem," in Walt Whitman’s handwriting, from Leaves of Grass.

Taken from Jane Austen’s Persuasion - Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliot. So, so beautifully written.

Taken from Jane Austen’s Persuasion - Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliot. So, so beautifully written.

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.
V.S. Naipaul
For people who like cool, Lord of the Rings related tattoos, here is my new one, located on the left side of my rib cage.
The last line of Galadriel’s Lament from Fellowship of the Ring, written in Tengwar script
"Nai elya hiruva! Namarie!"

For people who like cool, Lord of the Rings related tattoos, here is my new one, located on the left side of my rib cage.

The last line of Galadriel’s Lament from Fellowship of the Ring, written in Tengwar script

"Nai elya hiruva! Namarie!"

Joyce Manor- Constant Headache 
a reminder to push through it all 

Joyce Manor- Constant Headache 

a reminder to push through it all 

"I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be." From my favorite book as a child, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and dedicated to my two sweet baby boys. My first literary based tattoo, but definitely not my last.

"I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be." From my favorite book as a child, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and dedicated to my two sweet baby boys. My first literary based tattoo, but definitely not my last.

This is my rocking horse fly tattoo, its an illustration from the original Alice in wonderland book. I got it two weeks after i turned 18 and i love it!

This is my rocking horse fly tattoo, its an illustration from the original Alice in wonderland book. I got it two weeks after i turned 18 and i love it!

"Hope is the thing with feathers-that perches in the soul/Sings the tune without the words-and never stops at all…" -Emily Dickinson

"Hope is the thing with feathers-that perches in the soul/Sings the tune without the words-and never stops at all…" -Emily Dickinson

"to days of inspiration" from rent. 

"to days of inspiration" from rent. 

Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes…
-The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes…

-The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This nearly half-sleeve includes the last two lines from William Wordsworth’s poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”  I’m a college English instructor; I teach composition and British Literature. I’ve always loved the poem, but in the spring of 2010, I embarked on a week-long Austen pilgrimage (Jane, that is) in south England.  As I wandered, I often though more of Wordsworth than Austen:  the daffodils were everywhere and just so jolly.  I FEEL this poem now.  I chose an Art Nouveau daffodil motif to go with the text, and the shades are simple and muted tones of grey and yellow.  The font is Nouveau.  All-said, this took about nine and a half hours, but it was worth every second.

This nearly half-sleeve includes the last two lines from William Wordsworth’s poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”  I’m a college English instructor; I teach composition and British Literature. I’ve always loved the poem, but in the spring of 2010, I embarked on a week-long Austen pilgrimage (Jane, that is) in south England.  As I wandered, I often though more of Wordsworth than Austen:  the daffodils were everywhere and just so jolly.  I FEEL this poem now.  I chose an Art Nouveau daffodil motif to go with the text, and the shades are simple and muted tones of grey and yellow.  The font is Nouveau.  All-said, this took about nine and a half hours, but it was worth every second.

Douglas Adams’ works make me feel like the rest of the universe, large and ominous as it is, is just as scared and confused as we are here on Earth. I couldn’t pass up the change to get this tattooed on me in large, friendly letters. Done in Rochester, NY. 

Douglas Adams’ works make me feel like the rest of the universe, large and ominous as it is, is just as scared and confused as we are here on Earth. I couldn’t pass up the change to get this tattooed on me in large, friendly letters. Done in Rochester, NY. 

Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
Soren Kierkegaard
My sisters freshly done tattoo. It says,”Turn your wounds into wisdom.” It has quite a bit of meaning behind it for both of us. It’s beautifully done, all credit to Dusty Deimler from Drop of Ink in Mechanicsburg, PA
(photograph by me).

My sisters freshly done tattoo. It says,”Turn your wounds into wisdom.” It has quite a bit of meaning behind it for both of us. It’s beautifully done, all credit to Dusty Deimler from Drop of Ink in Mechanicsburg, PA

(photograph by me).

a people shaped toomany-ness     far too
 
and will it tell us who we are and will
it tell us why we dream and will it tell
us how we drink crawl eat walk die fly do?
 
a notalive undead too-nearishness
 
and shall we cry and shall we laugh and shall
entirely our doom steer his great small
wish into upward deepness of less fear
much more than climbing hope meets most despair?
 
all knowing’s having and have is (you guess)
perhaps the very unkindest way to kill
each of those creatures called one’s self so we’ll
 
not have (but i imagine that yes is
the only living thing) and we’ll make yes
 

- e.e. cummings

a people shaped toomany-ness     far too

 

and will it tell us who we are and will

it tell us why we dream and will it tell

us how we drink crawl eat walk die fly do?

 

a notalive undead too-nearishness

 

and shall we cry and shall we laugh and shall

entirely our doom steer his great small

wish into upward deepness of less fear

much more than climbing hope meets most despair?

 

all knowing’s having and have is (you guess)

perhaps the very unkindest way to kill

each of those creatures called one’s self so we’ll

 

not have (but i imagine that yes is

the only living thing) and we’ll make yes

 

- e.e. cummings