The Word Made Flesh
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum From The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum 
From The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Oscar Wilde.  
Photo by Ximena Mora Ayon, Tattoo by Lonnie Markus

Oscar Wilde.  

Photo by Ximena Mora Ayon, Tattoo by Lonnie Markus

When I became a medieval studies major, I began to study Old English. This semester, we have been translating Beowulf. I have read Beowulf many times, but this is the first time I read it in the original Old English, and mearcstapa has become my favorite OE word. Used only twice in the entirety of the poem, it is used to refer to the monsters Grendel and his mother. However, because it means “border-walker,” it does not for me carry monstrous connotations, but rather refers to someone who lives on the outskirts of what is “normal.” As a studier of classics and medieval studies and avid lover of Tolkien and other random, interesting things, I have often felt that I walk the borders, with my esoteric and liminal interests. So I felt that this word suited me perfectly. I’ve wanted to get a tattoo in every language that I study, so now I have my Greek, elvish (I don’t technically study it, but I know it pretty well), and OE. Just Latin to go!

When I became a medieval studies major, I began to study Old English. This semester, we have been translating Beowulf. I have read Beowulf many times, but this is the first time I read it in the original Old English, and mearcstapa has become my favorite OE word. Used only twice in the entirety of the poem, it is used to refer to the monsters Grendel and his mother. However, because it means “border-walker,” it does not for me carry monstrous connotations, but rather refers to someone who lives on the outskirts of what is “normal.” As a studier of classics and medieval studies and avid lover of Tolkien and other random, interesting things, I have often felt that I walk the borders, with my esoteric and liminal interests. So I felt that this word suited me perfectly. I’ve wanted to get a tattoo in every language that I study, so now I have my Greek, elvish (I don’t technically study it, but I know it pretty well), and OE. Just Latin to go!

Hallo from Irkutsk! We offer in your collection a tattoo from the master Evgeniy Monokhonov, made on April 23, 2009. http://www.tattoo-pepper.ru/R. Kipling’s poem “Be self-controlled… “, in M. Lozinsky’s translation “Precept”.  http://www.stihi.ru/2008/03/30/580Привет из Иркутска! Предлагаем в вашу коллекцию татуировку от мастера Евгения Монохонова, сделанную 23 апреля 2009 г. Стихотворение Р. Киплинга “Владей собой…”, в переводе М. Лозинского “Заповедь”. Наш сайт http://www.tattoo-pepper.ru/

Hallo from Irkutsk! 
We offer in your collection a tattoo from the master Evgeniy Monokhonov, made on April 23, 2009. http://www.tattoo-pepper.ru/
R. Kipling’s poem “Be self-controlled… “, in M. Lozinsky’s translation “Precept”.  http://www.stihi.ru/2008/03/30/580

Привет из Иркутска! Предлагаем в вашу коллекцию татуировку от мастера Евгения Монохонова, сделанную 23 апреля 2009 г. Стихотворение Р. Киплинга “Владей собой…”, в переводе М. Лозинского “Заповедь”. Наш сайт http://www.tattoo-pepper.ru/

The Nautilus, a tribute to Julio Verne. 

The Nautilus, a tribute to Julio Verne. 

"But the jewel you lost was blue"
Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath. 

"But the jewel you lost was blue"

Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath. 

When I decided to get a literary tattoo, I went looking through my bookshelves to find A SINGLE favourite. I couldn’t do it. This tree includes quotes from “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss, “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin, “Oh the Places you’ll go” by Dr. Seuss, “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine, “A wind in the Door” by Madeline L’Engle, “Romeo and Juliet”, William Shakespeare, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, “Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey, “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Manus Pinkwater, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell and “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss. Done by Eric Brunning  at Lotus Land Tattoo Shop in Vancouver, BC.

When I decided to get a literary tattoo, I went looking through my bookshelves to find A SINGLE favourite. I couldn’t do it. This tree includes quotes from “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss, “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin, “Oh the Places you’ll go” by Dr. Seuss, “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine, “A wind in the Door” by Madeline L’Engle, “Romeo and Juliet”, William Shakespeare, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, “Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey, “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Manus Pinkwater, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell and “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss. Done by Eric Brunning  at Lotus Land Tattoo Shop in Vancouver, BC.

Kept it simple but I love it!

Kept it simple but I love it!

My first tattoo - a reference to George Orwell’s 1984; a book that had a profound impact on my life.

My first tattoo - a reference to George Orwell’s 1984; a book that had a profound impact on my life.

Because we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.

Because we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.

Shakespeare, Nietzsche, and Heraclitus in Bulgarian…
"Constant Change" in Bulgarian cyrillic alphabet
"O, that my tongue were in a thunderous mouth, then with a passion would I shake the world." King John
"Woman spends her life with her roots growing deeper into the depths while her arms are embracing the heavens." A feminist version of Nietzsche
Sidenote: I like the writing, not necessarily all the views of the writers :)
Tattoos inked at different locations around the world. 

Shakespeare, Nietzsche, and Heraclitus in Bulgarian…

"Constant Change" in Bulgarian cyrillic alphabet

"O, that my tongue were in a thunderous mouth, then with a passion would I shake the world." King John

"Woman spends her life with her roots growing deeper into the depths while her arms are embracing the heavens." A feminist version of Nietzsche

Sidenote: I like the writing, not necessarily all the views of the writers :)

Tattoos inked at different locations around the world. 

“Busy, busy, busy, is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.”
- From “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut.~~~I found this book left on the pavement, among other abandoned books. Something told me that I won’t regret picking it.It was my first meeting with Vonnegut, and since then he always speaks to my heart.

“Busy, busy, busy, is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.”

- From “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut.

~~~
I found this book left on the pavement, among other abandoned books. Something told me that I won’t regret picking it.
It was my first meeting with Vonnegut, and since then he always speaks to my heart.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

This is my tattoo from The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Done at Underground Ink in Lexington, KY summer of 2012.

This is my tattoo from The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Done at Underground Ink in Lexington, KY summer of 2012.

Inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Look closely and you can see the key hanging from a branch, and he red breasted Robin. Designed by me :)

Inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Look closely and you can see the key hanging from a branch, and he red breasted Robin. Designed by me :)