The words are from “Snow and Dirty Rain” by Richard Siken.
"… Here I am
leaving you clues. I am singing now while Rome
burns. We are all just trying to be holy. My applejack,
my silent night, just mash your lips against me.
We are all going forward. None of us are going back.”
Done by Jason Sheely at View Askew Tattoo in Lexington, NC
All the corrosive emotions of insecurity are biting away at my sensitive guts.
Still I Rise - Maya Angelou
“What is time? It is a serpent which eats its tail.” - Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
Tattoo by Adrienne at Jersey Tattoo in Toms River New Jersey.
A quote by Albert Camus from The Stranger.
Done at Absolute Ink in Murfreesboro, TN!
That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write ‘fuck you’ right under your nose.
This quote is from the book A Tale of Two Cities, which happens to be my favorite book. I was very specific about the font looking as though it was transferred off the page and onto my leg (upper thigh). I researched many typeface and was set with Garamond. I also was adamant about the text being left aligned and I’m very happy with the end result. Tattoo done at FatKid Tattoo in Escondido, CA.
My friend and I got matching tattoos of this adorable cat which was done by the flawless Sylvia Plath. Plath has been my inspiration for such a long time, and I knew I wanted something tattoo related to her. Also, I love cats.
Whoever controls the past controls the future; whoever controls the present, controls the past.
This is my fourth tattoo, but my first literary ink. I am absolutely in love with Harry Potter, and I have been since I was 11. I love this line that Snape utters when asked if he still loves Lily, after all this time. I love everything it represents - enduring love, the permanence of the series, of books in general, how Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home, and how I am, always, a writer.
A tribute to Vonnegut and Poe.
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
This is my Ouroboros tattoo based on Vonnegut’s sketch in his book Breakfast of Champions;
I got that tattoo both to commemorate the book and how it got me through one of the lowest points in my life and to honor the idea of circularity, that as we are always in the act of consuming ourselves we are also also in the act of creating ourselves.