The Word Made Flesh
No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful
Ready Player One (via ender-andrew-wiggin)
From “On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday (I am so glad that Larry Rivers made a)” by Frank O’Hara - on page 190, for those who own the collected poems.  "…—for presence is / better than absence, if you love excess."
Frank O’Hara is my favorite poet.  I fell in love with this (portion of a) line last year - I had a dream about getting it tattooed the other night - made an appointment the next day. The message is fairly simple & straightforward, but everybody I’ve told it to has repeated it aloud over and over again - as if trying to make sense of it in their mind.  Very sweet!
Photo was taken about an hour after completion - font is EF Petras Script. 

From “On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday (I am so glad that Larry Rivers made a)” by Frank O’Hara - on page 190, for those who own the collected poems.  "…—for presence is / better than absence, if you love excess."

Frank O’Hara is my favorite poet.  I fell in love with this (portion of a) line last year - I had a dream about getting it tattooed the other night - made an appointment the next day. The message is fairly simple & straightforward, but everybody I’ve told it to has repeated it aloud over and over again - as if trying to make sense of it in their mind.  Very sweet!

Photo was taken about an hour after completion - font is EF Petras Script. 

quote from a poem by robert penn warren, my favorite author of all time :)

quote from a poem by robert penn warren, my favorite author of all time :)

"I hope you care to be recalled to life?" 
And the old answer: 
"I can't say."
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Done by Steve at Providence Tattoo, Providence, RI
"I hope you care to be recalled to life?" 
And the old answer: 
"I can't say."
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Done by Steve at Providence Tattoo, Providence, RI
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
Earl Nightingale (via somelittlejoy)
Drawing Number One from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, done at Splash of Colour Tattoo in East Lansing, MI. 

Drawing Number One from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, done at Splash of Colour Tattoo in East Lansing, MI. 

These are two literary tattoos, the top being my first tattoo, “the Road is Life” from Kerouac’s “On The Road,” and the bottom tattoo my most recent, “They do not move” from Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”  For every new city I live in, I get at least one new tattoo and I intend to have my entire chest covered in words by the time I’m done.

These are two literary tattoos, the top being my first tattoo, “the Road is Life” from Kerouac’s “On The Road,” and the bottom tattoo my most recent, “They do not move” from Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”  For every new city I live in, I get at least one new tattoo and I intend to have my entire chest covered in words by the time I’m done.

"Stand, and be true"
and underneath the symbol of ‘Ka’ from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
The gun is just to pay tribute to the protagonist of the story, Roland Deschain, who’s a gunslinger.

"Stand, and be true"

and underneath the symbol of ‘Ka’ from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.

The gun is just to pay tribute to the protagonist of the story, Roland Deschain, who’s a gunslinger.

My tattoo. My intention was to eternalize something that was always part of me.

My tattoo. My intention was to eternalize something that was always part of me.

The past is not for living in; it is a well of conclusions from which we draw in order to act.
Ways of Seeing, John Berger (via literary-quotes)
I knew I wanted a literary tattoo for a long time (this site was an inspiration!). I have loved poetry my whole life, but only recently decided to pursue it academically. I got this when I was accepted to an MFA program. Turning 25, I don’t feel like I’ve “made it,” but I do feel like I know what I love and what I want — it took me a long time to get here, and getting a tattoo that expresses my commitment felt right. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins is far and away my favorite poet, and someone who’s work influences my own. These words, the last few in his poem “God’s Grandeur,” express a number of things for me —- the importance of poetry in general, his poetry in particular, and the view that he (and I) hold —- that despite the ways in which the natural world is abused and exploited, there is a grace within it and through it that persists, and flourishes in spite of us.

I knew I wanted a literary tattoo for a long time (this site was an inspiration!). I have loved poetry my whole life, but only recently decided to pursue it academically. I got this when I was accepted to an MFA program. Turning 25, I don’t feel like I’ve “made it,” but I do feel like I know what I love and what I want — it took me a long time to get here, and getting a tattoo that expresses my commitment felt right. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins is far and away my favorite poet, and someone who’s work influences my own. These words, the last few in his poem “God’s Grandeur,” express a number of things for me —- the importance of poetry in general, his poetry in particular, and the view that he (and I) hold —- that despite the ways in which the natural world is abused and exploited, there is a grace within it and through it that persists, and flourishes in spite of us.
"Remember how the strong in struggle and strife 
Still bar you the way, and deny you life — 
But march ever forward, breaking down bars. 
Look ever upward at the sun and the stars.”
From the Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Mother.” Written in my Mother’s handwriting. Doubly meaningful because “ever upward” or “excelsior” is also the New York state motto and my family is from Brooklyn

"Remember how the strong in struggle and strife 

Still bar you the way, and deny you life —

But march ever forward, breaking down bars. 

Look ever upward at the sun and the stars.”


From the Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Mother.” Written in my Mother’s handwriting. Doubly meaningful because “ever upward” or “excelsior” is also the New York state motto and my family is from Brooklyn

"Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high." -William Goldman, The Princess Bride This quotation holds so much meaning for me that sometimes words cannot describe. I have spent much of my life giving my heart to the people I love most, only to have it trampled upon and tarnished by my trusting nature. Up until these past few years I’ve sealed off my heart and guarded it with my life, letting people in who are well-deserved enough to know the secrets it possesses and to guard them well.
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"Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high." -William Goldman, The Princess Bride
 

This quotation holds so much meaning for me that sometimes words cannot describe. I have spent much of my life giving my heart to the people I love most, only to have it trampled upon and tarnished by my trusting nature. Up until these past few years I’ve sealed off my heart and guarded it with my life, letting people in who are well-deserved enough to know the secrets it possesses and to guard them well.

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A sudden fierce anger swept over the girl, violent and murderous. She would have liked them all annihilated, cleared away, so that the world was left clear for her.
Women In Love, D.H. Lawrence (via literary-quotes)
The woods are lovely, dark, and deepBut I have promises to keepAnd miles to go before I sleepAnd miles to go before I sleep.. 
From Robert Frost’s Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.. 

From Robert Frost’s Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening