|—||Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)|
My Kurt Vonnegut asterisk. I wanted my first tattoo to be small to know what it felt like before bigger ones. This will always remind me to keep the child in me alive.
"To give an idea of the maturity of my illustrations for this book, here is my picture of an asshole."
(My mother doesn’t know it’s an asshole, she just thinks it’s an asterisk. The perfect disguise!)
"Ave atque vale" is Latin for hail and farewell
This is the last line of “Catallus 101”, written by the Roman Gaius Valerius Catallus as a tribute to his dead brother
I got this for my grandfather and uncle/godfather. Although they’ve passed on, I know they’re in a better place.
|—||Rainer Maria Rilke (via somelittlejoy)|
“We can all be free, maybe not with words, maybe not with a look, but with your mind.”
Done by Leopoldo Araújo, Ponta Verde Tattoo.
|—||Milan Kundera (via evatalmadge)|
My first tattoo, a quote from the French book L’élégance du hérisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) by Muriel Barbery.
It roughly translates as:
"Maybe that’s what being alive is:
to track down moments that are dying.”
I find the sentence incredibly beautiful, and it sums up so much about life, like the balance between the importance of a moment and its fragility, while keeping all the uncertainty of existence with just the word “maybe”
This is my Harry Potter inspired tattoo. I had a similar image of a phoenix for 10 years and went to my artist and asked her to incorporate my house (Ravenclaw shield from Pottermore), a Galleon, and the initials D.A. for Dumbledore’s Army. The tattoo was done by Lydia K. in Halifax, NS. I decided to submit it so that the other person who submitted the tattoo of her house would know that she wasn’t alone.
|—||Paul Auster, Invisible (via towishonspacehardware)|
From Fahrenheit 451: “‘Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said. ‘See the world…Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.”
A 30th birthday gift to myself to cap off the scariest, risk-taking-est, most rewarding year of my life. It’s a permanent reminder that the best things happen when you acknowledge uncertainty, and let it be exhilarating.