The Word Made Flesh
This is the image from the last page of my favourite children’s book “The Paperbag Princess” by Robert Munsch. She is the kind of princess who makes her own dress, defeats the dragon and turns down the prince (who turns out to be a bum) - a true inspiration.

This is the image from the last page of my favourite children’s book “The Paperbag Princess” by Robert Munsch. She is the kind of princess who makes her own dress, defeats the dragon and turns down the prince (who turns out to be a bum) - a true inspiration.

How to do nothing
Christopher Robin: I like that too, but what I like *doing* best is nothing.
Pooh: How do you do nothing? (asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.)
Christopher Robin: Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, "What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?" and you say, "Oh nothing," and then you go and do it.
Pooh: Oh, I see.
Christopher Robin: This is the sort of thing that we're doing right now.
Pooh: Oh, I see (said Pooh again).
So it’s not necessarily a literary tattoo, but it’s a more of a grammatical tattoo. It’s about an inch long, and located on the inside of my left wrist. There’s two parts to this tattoo. The first part is that I’m an English Education major, and I wanted something to kind of recognize my love for that.
The second part is that I have battling depression, anxiety, and self-harm for the last ten or so years. In writing, a semi-colon is used when you could end a sentence, but you continue on. The same thing applies to life. This tattoo is a symbol of all the times I could have easily given up on life, but I continued on a new path to recovery. So… yeah. I plan on getting a more literary tattoo eventually, but this will do for now.

So it’s not necessarily a literary tattoo, but it’s a more of a grammatical tattoo. It’s about an inch long, and located on the inside of my left wrist. There’s two parts to this tattoo. The first part is that I’m an English Education major, and I wanted something to kind of recognize my love for that.

The second part is that I have battling depression, anxiety, and self-harm for the last ten or so years. In writing, a semi-colon is used when you could end a sentence, but you continue on. The same thing applies to life. This tattoo is a symbol of all the times I could have easily given up on life, but I continued on a new path to recovery. So… yeah. I plan on getting a more literary tattoo eventually, but this will do for now.

monogram of the alphabet and numbers 0-9
every book i’ve ever read can be found in these lines

monogram of the alphabet and numbers 0-9

every book i’ve ever read can be found in these lines

From Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
"There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it." 

From Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

"There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it." 

"To you, I shall be unique in all the world."

The Little Prince is my most favorite book. I chose Thai quote because, though originally spoken by the Fox, it is often used by the Little Prince to refer to his Rose- the character that I feel I relate to the most. The script is my own handwriting, adding to the “unique” aspect of it all and the rose ended up being done freehand, as I proved to be very indecisive about how I wanted it to look. It came out perfect, though! :)

Done by Nick Macaulay at Ink Farm II in Garden Grove, CA.

"To you, I shall be unique in all the world."

The Little Prince is my most favorite book. I chose Thai quote because, though originally spoken by the Fox, it is often used by the Little Prince to refer to his Rose- the character that I feel I relate to the most. The script is my own handwriting, adding to the “unique” aspect of it all and the rose ended up being done freehand, as I proved to be very indecisive about how I wanted it to look. It came out perfect, though! :)

Done by Nick Macaulay at Ink Farm II in Garden Grove, CA.

From “Author’s Prayer” by Ilya Kaminsky

From “Author’s Prayer” by Ilya Kaminsky

Top Michelle K quote from her poem “I am the ocean “, bottom a quote from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. 

Top Michelle K quote from her poem “I am the ocean “, bottom a quote from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. 

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- “I must not tell lies” 
I’m doing a book sleeve, and this is my tribute to Harry Potter <3

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- “I must not tell lies” 

I’m doing a book sleeve, and this is my tribute to Harry Potter <3

I am so happy to finally have a good picture that shows off my tattoo. I got this after going through a hard time in my life to remind myself that as long as my heart beats, I will be ok.
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 
Photo: Braina Laviena by Josh McCaghren

I am so happy to finally have a good picture that shows off my tattoo. I got this after going through a hard time in my life to remind myself that as long as my heart beats, I will be ok.

"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 

Photo: Braina Laviena by Josh McCaghren

This past weekend I acquired my second tattoo, my first literary one. I have loved reading ever since I can remember, but something truly special happened when I first picked up “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Within the first three pages, I knew that this book would be my favorite. Ray Bradbury is my literary hero and so this is a little tribute to him and his beautiful writing. 

This past weekend I acquired my second tattoo, my first literary one. I have loved reading ever since I can remember, but something truly special happened when I first picked up “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Within the first three pages, I knew that this book would be my favorite. Ray Bradbury is my literary hero and so this is a little tribute to him and his beautiful writing. 

A deep sea diver fighting the Kraken with the quote, "What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire"from Charles Bukowski’s poem, “How Is Your Heart”

A deep sea diver fighting the Kraken with the quote,
"What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire"
from Charles Bukowski’s poem, “How Is Your Heart”


"I showed this to my parents and asked them if it scared them. They responded: ‘why would a picture of a hat scare us?’ My picture was not of a hat. To explain, I drew a second picture: it was a boa constrictor that had swallowed an entire elephant whole. The adults told me to stop drawing snakes and focus on geography and math and history and grammar, and thus I abandoned a great life as a painter. The adults can never understand anything by themselves and it wears me out to always have to give explanations—so, I never talk to them about boa constrictors, or of ancient forests, or of stars.” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” - Le Petit Prince 
(Thank you Jim @ 454 Tattoo in Encinidas CA!)

"I showed this to my parents and asked them if it scared them. They responded: ‘why would a picture of a hat scare us?’ 
My picture was not of a hat. To explain, I drew a second picture: it was a boa constrictor that had swallowed an entire elephant whole. The adults told me to stop drawing snakes and focus on geography and math and history and grammar, and thus I abandoned a great life as a painter. The adults can never understand anything by themselves and it wears me out to always have to give explanations—so, I never talk to them about boa constrictors, or of ancient forests, or of stars.” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” - Le Petit Prince 

(Thank you Jim @ 454 Tattoo in Encinidas CA!)