My sisters freshly done tattoo. It says,”Turn your wounds into wisdom.” It has quite a bit of meaning behind it for both of us. It’s beautifully done, all credit to Dusty Deimler from Drop of Ink in Mechanicsburg, PA
(photograph by me).
a people shaped toomany-ness far too
and will it tell us who we are and will
it tell us why we dream and will it tell
us how we drink crawl eat walk die fly do?
a notalive undead too-nearishness
and shall we cry and shall we laugh and shall
entirely our doom steer his great small
wish into upward deepness of less fear
much more than climbing hope meets most despair?
all knowing’s having and have is (you guess)
perhaps the very unkindest way to kill
each of those creatures called one’s self so we’ll
not have (but i imagine that yes is
the only living thing) and we’ll make yes
- e.e. cummings
It cuts both ways: me
you now call a dreamer, you
who once were the dream.
-Richard Hillyer, Disillusionment
As far as I know, this poem is unpublished. The author was my college Shakespeare professor. He was a friend, a mentor, an inspiration, and the greatest unrequited love of my life. I wanted my first (and possibly only) literary tattoo to be a rare and intensely personal event. These words are poignant, and I’m proud to forever have them close to my heart.
My best friend the Leela Cat left me last July. While she lay dying, I read her a chapter from The Little Prince - the one about the fox and taming. That’s where this quote is from. She tamed me in every sense of the word, and I’ll love her forever.
To me, she was unique in all the world.
My favorite quote from Joe Orton. Written in his diaries. Maybe a reminder to himself. It serves as a daily reminder to me.
Inspired by the commencement speech delivered by David Foster Wallace to Kenyan College Graduates in 2005. Very simple, but challenging philosophy.
My second tattoo from the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. ”I’m OK”, one of my favourite parts of the book.
Apártense vacas que la vida es corta
(Cease, cows life is short),
Cien años de soledad/One hundred years of solitude
Gabriel garcía Marquez