"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.”
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." — 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.
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
|—||Animal Farm, George Orwell (via wordsinliterature)|
The teapot is Russell’s teapot and I also like the idea of having a teapot tattoo because, well, who gets those?? I like the message because it’s almost a challenge. Do I dare cause a disruption? Do I dare mess with the balance? It’s actually a good lesson in consequences.
His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones. The ones who rise up and say, “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.
from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A reminder to live in such a way that when Death comes, I’ll be ready to sit up and meet him.
This is my second literary tattoo. It is the last line of my favorite novel, The Sun Also Rises, by Hemingway. The picture is hard to make out but it reads: Isn’t it pretty to think so?
This quote is from Ursula K. LeGuin’s Wizard of Earthsea. It reads “only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight, on the empty sky.”
"For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are."
Funny story behind this tattoo- it’s from a book called The Castle of Llyr which is part of a series of books by Lloyd Alexander called the Chronicles of Prydain. You might know the Disney film, the Black Cauldron- it’s based off a book in the series. The character who says this quote in the book is in charge of a pig named Henwen, and she is an oracular pig. I got this tattoo on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, and, wouldn’t you know it, St. Patrick was apparently some sort of pig-keeper at one time.
I got this on my ankle because it was too long to get on my wrist- but also because I need to think about this quote every time I take a step. I’m amazing, and I need not take a step in a direction that will take me away from the greatness I will achieve- I must remember to be more than a girl, more than a human, and be great.