"Finally somehow you caught fire." - Kafka
C’est la mer mêlée
- From Arthur Rimbaud’s Une saison en enfer (A Season in Hell)
It is the sea and sun
"True revolution comes from true revulsion; when things get bad enough the kitten will kill the lion." -Charles Bukowski
mis-attributed to C.S. Lewis
I have been a huge fan of the Dark Tower series, and of Stephen King in general, for years now. It seemed right to commemorate the books in a tattoo so that ka is always with me.
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where—" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"—so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough." —Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This passage is often paraphrased as, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
The idea for a needle-less compass stemmed directly from the quote and my grandmother’s query, “Where’s your sense of adventure?!” It is part of a larger tattoo by Thea Duskin at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, VA. The piece is a memorial that has many meanings; but this section serves to remind me that time is short so I should enjoy life’s adventures, even when I feel a little lost. I’m my own compass needle, after all, so I’m bound to get somewhere.
I have loved to read since I was a little girl. This tattoo represents my love of the written word. It is my first, but won’t be my last literary tattoo.
I’ve always loved Harry Potter. It got me through a dark period in my life where I thought I was alone, I had no friends. I would turn to these books. They’ve also been my childhood. I grew up reading these. The whole series has just always meant a lot to me.
When I turned 18, I decided to go in and get a Harry Potter tattoo. It was kind of impulsive, but I love how it turned out.
I loved the ending, though I know a lot of people hated it. “All Was Well”, kind of applies to life too. Everything is going to work out fine, ya’ know? I always find myself looking at it when I seem to be stuck.
Plus, it’s really nice to carry a piece of it with me; always.
Was done in Inkbox, in Chillicothe, Ohio.