To the left is my very first tattoo of my very favorite literary character, Winnie-ther-Pooh. To the right is my third tattoo and one of my favorites. It is Latin for “I will not serve” and is my condensed version of the James Joyce quote “I will not serve that in which I no longer believe.” from A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man.
Kafka is one of the authors I find most influential on my writing, so as soon as I could afford it, I got his portrait tattooed on my left arm.
I spent the majority of the years after high school being too afraid to go after my dreams. I didn’t finish anything I started because I was afraid too fail. I finally finished my goal of joining the military. I now serve in the United States Army. This quote from my favorite book Tuck Everlasting is my way to commemorate my accomplishment.
|—||David Wong (via the-occipital)|
From Jack Gilbert’s poem The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart, one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read:
'What we feel most has no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses and birds'
let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid - john 14:27
im not a religous person, nor christian. this is what i feel to be the most important message my grandfather ever left me.
21st birthday tattoo, done by Quintin Carnage at Full Sail Tattoos, Grahamstown, South Africa.
“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 then, when she is beginning to hate her used body, she suddenly finds that she can do it- she can go on living. Not by principle, not by deduction, not by knowledge of good and evil, but by a peculiar and shifting sense of balance which defies each of these things often."
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
This is the second-to-last illustration in Munro Leaf’s “Ferdinand the Bull.” The text on this page in the book says “He is very happy.” I got it half because I love the book, and half in memory of Elliott Smith, who had the cover image of the same book tattooed on his bicep.
Tortoise that died under the weight of being jeweled and gilded—inspired by Joris-Karl Huysmans’ “À rebours”
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Books are always, always greater than the movies.