|—||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.
"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
|—||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.
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.
|—||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.
"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.
|—||Women In Love, D.H. Lawrence (via literary-quotes)|