east of eden tribute
vaguely inspired by Oscar Wilde’s the Nightingale and the Rose, as a celebration of my favorite author
"Protège-moi de mes désirs" (Protect me from what I want)
It’s a cover-up. Underneath is the chinese sign for strenght.
Tattoo was done at “Ghost Tattoo” in Koblenz, Germany.
This is from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
I knew I wanted to get Austen’s words on my arm, so after re-reading all six major works, this line from Northanger jumped out at me; it’s a reminder to be kind to myself and that joy can be a choice you make.
'Not all those who wander are lost' from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Combining my love of travelling and books in one awesome tattoo!
“If I were to be made a knight,” said the Wart, staring dreamily into the fire, “I should insist on doing my vigil by myself, as Hob does with his hawks, and I should pray to God to let me encounter all the evil in the world in my own person, so that if I conquered there would be none left, and, if I were defeated, I would be the one to suffer for it.”
“That would be extremely presumptuous of you,” said Merlyn, “and you would be conquered, and you would suffer for it.”
“I shouldn’t mind.”
“Wouldn’t you? Wait till it happens and see.”
“Why do people not think, when they are grown up, as I do when I am young?”
“Oh dear,” said Merlyn. ‘“You are making me feel confused. Suppose you wait till you are grown up and know the reason?”
“I don’t think that is an answer at all,” replied the Wart, justly.
Merlyn wrung his hands.
“Well, anyway,” he said, “suppose they did not let you stand against all the evil in the world?”
“I could ask,” said the Wart.
“You could ask,” repeated Merlyn.
He thrust the end of his beard into his mouth, stared tragically into the fire, and began to munch it fiercely.”
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”― Joseph Campbell
image blog: http://anoddkindofsympathy.tumblr.com
personal blog: http://wanderingmoirologist.tumblr.com
"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