I got this tattoo in the summer, before my sophomore year of college, as a kind of “you can do it” anthem. I wanted to be reassured every time I felt like I was faltering, and I am. It is the last two lines of William Ernest Henley’s poem, “Invictus”.
Done by Matt Monroe of No Egrets. One from Shakespeare, the other from Mystic City by Theo Lawrence.
To always keep me brave.
"Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
Reading Alice in Wonderland helped me through a rough childhood. Nothing made sense in my life so I identified strongly with this book. It’s also a great escape read as many books are. The Mad Hatter is my favorite character-I love him dearly.
Tattoo done by Ruben at MomsOld Skoolink in Yucaipa, CA
From the Trickster series by Tamora Pierce. I loved the raven drawing in each of those books, love the story so very much, and loved how the history and mythology of raven stretches all around the world. Ms. Pierce is one of my favorite authors and I’m so pleased to have a symbol of her work with me always. Done by Jimi at Jimi’s Tattoo in Port Hueneme, CA.
Beckett quotation. Post-breakup tattoo, to remind me to always dust myself off and get back up again.
“He was not such a special person. He loved to read very much, and also to write. He was a poet, and he exhibited me many of his poems. I remember many of them. They were silly, you could say, and about love. He was always in his room writing those things, and never with people. I used to tell him, What good is all that love doing on paper? I said, Let love write on you for a little. But he was so stubborn. Or perhaps he was only timid.” - jonathan safran foer, everything is illuminated
(tattoo by ryan whitson @ ben around tattoo in charlottesville, va)
After going through a period of emotional hell and losing someone close to me, I got this quote to remind me of my strength and the lotus to show how something beautiful can grow from mud.
The LOC call # to the first edition of my favorite favorite book, The Sun Also Rises. This is the call # to the signed first edition in the rare books library where I work…I got this the day I graduated from library school.
This was the first tattoo I ever got. It’s the first two lines of “The Riddle of Strider” from The Lord of the Rings. It reads, “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost”. It’s written in Tengwar, and it’s surrounding the Crowned White tree of Gondor.
Tattoo was done by Josh at HOD Tattoo in Buffalo, NY.