ma boyfriend’s 'The Old Man and the Sea' tattoo
This is my Mary Oliver tattoo done by Sean Morgan of Scarab Body Arts in Syracuse, NY. The line is from the poem, “What I Have Learned So Far”.
All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of —- indolence, or action.
Be ignited, or be gone.”
from Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Since this photo I have added an asterisk at the end, which relates to a footnote tattoo.
List of my favourite words (so far!), freshly inked. This was a spontaneous decision, but no regret here! Had to pay homage to J.K Rowling - Harry Potter was my childhood, and I think that the Patronus charm has symbolical meaning; it’s the light when the darkness is full of demons. And also ‘insufferable’ from Emma (Jane Austen) she’s one of my fave female protagonists.
"Ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil."
A tattoo with dual meaning. Although the quote with the ouroboros makes one think of the snake in the Garden of Eden, my reference is to the line that Mephistopheles writes in a students yearbook in Goethe’s “Faust.”
Genesis 3:5 - King James Bible
"Faust (part 1)" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"I open my Latin grammar, and I read a sentence, borrowed from Aesop or Phaedrus: quia ego nominor leo. I stop and think. There is something ambiguous about this statement. On the one hand, the words in it have a simple meaning: because my name is lion. And on the other hand the sentence is evidently there in order to signify something else to me.Inasmuch as it is addressed to me, a pupil in the second form, it tells me clearly: I am a grammatical example meant to illustrate the rule about the agreement of the predicate. I am even forced to realize that the sentence in no way signifies its meaning to me, that it tries very little to tell me something about the lion and what sort of name he has; its true and fundamental signification is to impose itself on me as the presence of a certain agreement of the predicate.”
"Mythologies" - Roland Barthes