From a letter Arthur Rimbaud wrote to Georges Izambard. “I is another”.
A reminder to live the life that is in front of you and not the one behind you. Done in 1942 Report font at Doc Holiday’s in Salt Lake City.
From Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, the book that inspired me to become a writer and changed my life forever. A condensed version of the passage:
“Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest…simplify, simplify.”
I once had a prof who banned semicolons because nobody knew how to use them. I put one in my essay anyway, and I did it right.
The original cover art from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Long obsessed with The Lost Generation, I got it around my wrist as the foundation for an eventual Lost Generation sleeve.
This poem is from collection named “The Last Night of the Earth Poems”. I love Bukowski and his works and “Bluebird” has a personal meaning for me. It reminds me old times when I have finally found me. The bluebird symbolizes who the person really is and I was scared… I have already known who I am but people not so I was worried about what they would think about me. But not now. I let my bluebird out. I know me. I know my feelings and emotions so i am trying to let them out and talking about them with my close friends and family.
This tattoo combines two literary elements. The first is a bible verse 2 Timothy 1:7 which states “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, of love, and a soundness of mind.” The second is that of a phoenix which I first came across as a child reading The Phoenix and The Carpet by E. Nesbit. It is a symbol of resurrection and renewal and all of it is tattooed offer scars that I made when I was depressed and suicidal. It reminds me of where I have been and where I am now.
My first tattoo: from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It says “All my life I’ve been scared of men standing over me.” This is my favorite book and it really taught me how to look at the world differently. I picked this quote and image specifically because it comes right out of the book the character Max Vandenburg illustrates and writes. It’s relevant for numerous reasons, and it’s an homage to not only my struggles in life but also to a character’s who had to hide away from the world he loved and had almost of the fight taken out of him.
You’re mentioned in my article about Shakespearean tattoos for the June issue of Shakespeare magazine! (@UKShakespeare). Hope you enjoy.