So it’s not necessarily a literary tattoo, but it’s a more of a grammatical tattoo. It’s about an inch long, and located on the inside of my left wrist. There’s two parts to this tattoo. The first part is that I’m an English Education major, and I wanted something to kind of recognize my love for that.
The second part is that I have battling depression, anxiety, and self-harm for the last ten or so years. In writing, a semi-colon is used when you could end a sentence, but you continue on. The same thing applies to life. This tattoo is a symbol of all the times I could have easily given up on life, but I continued on a new path to recovery. So… yeah. I plan on getting a more literary tattoo eventually, but this will do for now.
monogram of the alphabet and numbers 0-9
every book i’ve ever read can be found in these lines
From Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
"There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it."
"To you, I shall be unique in all the world."
The Little Prince is my most favorite book. I chose Thai quote because, though originally spoken by the Fox, it is often used by the Little Prince to refer to his Rose- the character that I feel I relate to the most. The script is my own handwriting, adding to the “unique” aspect of it all and the rose ended up being done freehand, as I proved to be very indecisive about how I wanted it to look. It came out perfect, though! :)
Done by Nick Macaulay at Ink Farm II in Garden Grove, CA.
From “Author’s Prayer” by Ilya Kaminsky
Top Michelle K quote from her poem “I am the ocean “, bottom a quote from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- “I must not tell lies”
I’m doing a book sleeve, and this is my tribute to Harry Potter <3
I am so happy to finally have a good picture that shows off my tattoo. I got this after going through a hard time in my life to remind myself that as long as my heart beats, I will be ok.
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Photo: Braina Laviena by Josh McCaghren
This past weekend I acquired my second tattoo, my first literary one. I have loved reading ever since I can remember, but something truly special happened when I first picked up “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Within the first three pages, I knew that this book would be my favorite. Ray Bradbury is my literary hero and so this is a little tribute to him and his beautiful writing.
A deep sea diver fighting the Kraken with the quote,
"What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire"
from Charles Bukowski’s poem, “How Is Your Heart”
"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
(Thank you Jim @ 454 Tattoo in Encinidas CA!)
These two are on the same arm: the wrist is Jane Austen’s official signature, and the upper-arm piece is the famous Austen silhouette portrait.
On my upper left arm, the inscription from the One Ring.
On my left forearm, notebook paper lines so that as a writer I never have an excuse not to write. All I need is a pen and voila!
Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.