Tattoosday: Literary Inspirations

It's that time of week again, TATTOOSDAY! (Okay, okay, it's actually Wednesday, but I got too distracted and didn't notice the time.  Forgive me friends!)  ANYHOO, this week, i wanted to focus on some of my favorite literary inspired tattoos that I've found on the internets.  As a voracious reader, I've been pondering a lit tattoo for a while, but there are so many to choose from.  Please enjoy a few of my recent favorites!

*It's no mystery that I love me some Potter.  (Yes, I may have sat on the couch this weekend watching my newly acquired Deathly Hallows 2 DVD sobbing.  I feel your judgement :)  There are DOZENS of sites dedicated to Potter tattoos, but these were a few of my favorites.  Personally, I've  wanted "Always" in white ink on my wrist, but just haven't had the time to go in.  Maybe soon?
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 * I read Kerouac's On the Road around the time that I had decided to move to Boston and have always associated that book with that time in my life.  I love the line... "What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."  I really love this tat...
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 *  This is probably my favorite e.e. cummings quote out there.  Love the typography as well~
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 *  It's amazing to me that no matter how it ages, Fahrenheit 451 remains relevant.  I can still remember reading this book in 7th grade English class.  I love the quote... "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."  This tattoo is such a beautiful interpretation of the cover.  
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* I recently joined the club and got on and was eagerly rating books that I had read when it pulled up the children's section and I was flooded with memories of some of my favorite childhood reads.  I love that these people were inspired by stories from their own childhoods, especially Ramona.  I have a serious fondness for miss Ramona Quimby... (I still have my library copy from the first grade...oops.  Sorry Della Ruth Harron!)
The Giving Tree, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8
* I absolutely adore ALL of Augusten Burroughs' books (read them, don't see the movie!) His honesty and humor surrounding some seriously traumatizing events in his life are so refreshing and create a serious page-turner.  I love that this quote from Magical Thinking ties in my craft love too!
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* This tattoo isn't specifically tied to any one Poe book, but I love the art itself.  It's dark and brooding, just like Poe.  "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
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* Last, but certainly not least, I am loving the meaning behind this final tattoo.  It's inspired by one of my all time favorite books, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  There is a quote that says... "Only a few months into our marriage," writes the grandfather, "we started marking off areas in the apartment as 'Nothing Places,' in which one could be assured of complete privacy, we agreed that we never would look at the marked-off zones, that they would be nonexistent territories in the apartment in which one could temporarily cease to exist." This tattoo represents her nothing place.  I WISH I had thought of this.  Lovely.
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1 comment

  1. I love the Potter ones and the crafty stitches... ouchy! I really like the look of the foot ones that pop out of your shoes... maybe someday:)