|—||William Shakespeare (via skeptical-dreamer)|
From the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Reading Macbeth in the final year of my undergraduate work helped solidify my desire to pursue a graduate degree in English. I am now working on my masters degree with the ultimate goal of getting a PhD and becoming a professor. I also got this tattoo as a way of reminding myself that things are not always what they seem. I’ve frequently found that the things I think are the worst turn out alright, and things that I think are good can often turn sour. I wanted this tattoo so that I could always look down and remember that things aren’t always what they seem.
This tattoo is dedicated to my favourite Shakespeare character, Ophelia from Hamlet. The skull is my own momento mori and signifies her death. The flowers that surround the skull are the ones she mentions before she drowns; each is extremely symbolic. Rosemary, pansy, fennel, columbine, rue, English daisy and sweet violet. Inked by Heather at Inksmith Tattoos, ON, CAN.
This wrist-cuff tattoo is inspired by Shakespeare’s short poem ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle’:
Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
Distance, and no space was seen
'Twixt the turtle and his queen;
But in them it were a wonder.
So between them love did shine,
That the turtle saw his right
Flaming in the phoenix’ sight:
Either was the other’s mine.
I’ve been planning on my first tattoo for about 10 years, and in that time I met and married my husband - who is my phoenix. This tattoo now encompasses all of my loves, and I am thrilled with it.
My name is Cassiann.
My tattoo is a fragment of Lord Byron’s “Manfred.”
The complete excerpt is:
How beautiful is all this visible world!
How glorious in its action and itself;
But we, who name ourselves its sovereigns, we,
Half dust, half deity, alike unfit
To sink or soar, with our mix’d essence make
A conflict of its elements …
I grew up with a mother who was, and still is, a very strict Christian. Being sent from bible school to bible camp, to a different church every year, I grew up with a very strong sense of morality. I graduated from a catholic liberal arts college and went through many faith conversions as a result. I have noticed that no matter what religion I am drawn to, one of my beliefs remains consistent. I believe all humans are of the earth and of the divine. This tattoo is a representation of my beliefs, and a show of my love for my favorite writer, Lord Byron.
|—||David Foster Wallace (via passade)|
"The yellow tile floor of the bathroom is sometimes a little obstacle course of glasses with huge roaches dying inside, stoically, just sitting there, the glasses gradually steaming up with roach-dioxide. The whole thing makes Orin sick." (Infinite Jest) Literally, one of the most amazing books I have ever read, and probably will ever read.
This was done by Chris Esponen from Black Panther in Brick, NJ.
My semicolon. For Virginia Woolf, who never met one she didn’t like; and for David Foster Wallace, who used them best.
From the late David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech at Kenyon College.
“…awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:
‘This is water.’”
|—||Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (via alighthouseofwords)|
Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and George.
J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” is such a gripping piece of literature. Although the Disney animation version doesn’t capture the essence of the book, I still had the Peter and Darlings tattooed on my left arm.
I was going to get one of Tinker Bell, to honor her, but I ran into this photo online and was immediately taken by it. Less than a later, I had it done at The Studio in Roseville, CA.
This is my first tattoo. Taken from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. I fell in love with that book when I was in 8th grade and it remains one of my favorites today.
Done by Fatty at The Art Gallery in Woonsocket, RI.