From “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg
I got this book-stack tattoo a few months ago - I was going to get pages added so it’s a bit more obvious but actually, I really like it as it is.
I plan on getting a Harry Potter tattoo and a Series of Unfortunate Events one as well, so I’ll submit those whenever I get them done!
my tattoo of the runes that Gandalf carves into Bilbo’s door at the start of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (as seen in an illustration from J.R.R. Tolkein: Artist and Illustrator by Hammond and Scull).
This Moby Dick inspired tattoo was designed entirely by Nik Moore of Scarab Body Arts, and I love it more and more every day.
My friend and I got this tattooed yesterday. It’s from L’ignorance, a book by Czech/French writer Milan Kundera.
The book was written in French and there is a chapter in which the narrator is disserting about nostalgia and how it is expressed in different languages. For him, this would be the most beautiful sentence possible about love, in the czech language, because it perfectly expresses how one can feel nostalgic about someone, how one can’t even withstand the pain of being away from their soulmate.
It was tattooed on us by the amazing Crystal Balser at MOD Tattoo inside Wicked Wanda’s in Ottawa, Ontario.
"Mañana", she said.
“Everything’ll be all right tomorrow, don’t you think, Sal-honey, man?”
“Sure, baby, mañana.” It was always mañana. For the next week that was all I heard - mañana, a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
My little sister and I got these matching Edward Gorey tattoos of the children from the title page of The Vinegar Works. Our father was an illustrator and book lover and Edward Gorey’s illustrations and whimsical, macabre stories were some of his favorites, so we grew up with them. The Vinegar Works also contains “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and one day we’ll add the unfortunate children who share our initials to our collection of Gorey tattoos.
These are my quotation mark tattoos that I got two years ago when I was seventeen. I’ve been writing fiction since I was ten, and now I’m an English major at Boston University. I’ve been working on my first novel for the past three years. (Also my rose tattoo, for my sisters)
From Still Life with Woodpecker:
'Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.'
my newest literary tattoo :)
"Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry."
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye