The Word Made Flesh
This is my tattoo from The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Done at Underground Ink in Lexington, KY summer of 2012.

This is my tattoo from The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Done at Underground Ink in Lexington, KY summer of 2012.

Inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Look closely and you can see the key hanging from a branch, and he red breasted Robin. Designed by me :)

Inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Look closely and you can see the key hanging from a branch, and he red breasted Robin. Designed by me :)

I got the verse proverbs 31:25 from the bible tattooed on me. I personally feel like it signifies a strong woman. It reminds me of my mother which I admire her

I got the verse proverbs 31:25 from the bible tattooed on me. I personally feel like it signifies a strong woman. It reminds me of my mother which I admire her

All Was Well - the final sentence of the Harry Potter series from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Hermione’s Time Turner - from the illustration in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban chapter ‘Hermione’s Secret’
My small way of paying homage to HP, for getting me through the past 15 years and being such a big part of my childhood and my life even now.

All Was Well - the final sentence of the Harry Potter series from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hermione’s Time Turner - from the illustration in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban chapter ‘Hermione’s Secret’

My small way of paying homage to HP, for getting me through the past 15 years and being such a big part of my childhood and my life even now.

From Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

From Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

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”.

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”.

Still I rise - Maya Angelou

Still I rise - Maya Angelou

Done by Matt Monroe of No Egrets. One from Shakespeare, the other from Mystic City by Theo Lawrence.

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.”

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

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

"Courage, dear heart" from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"Courage, dear heart" from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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.

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.

Beckett quotation. Post-breakup tattoo, to remind me to always dust myself off and get back up again.

From The Outsiders, a reminder to always see the world from a place of innocence and beauty.

From The Outsiders, a reminder to always see the world from a place of innocence and beauty.

“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)

“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)