February 20, 2012

60+ Literary Tattoos: From the Amazing to the 'What Were You Thinking?!'

I sometimes entertain the idea of getting a tattoo - something small, maybe something cute - but I've never gone through with it. I've accompanied a few of my braver friends to tattoo parlors while THEY get something cute, all the while internally cringing at the idea of standing that close to the needle and all the unpleasant noise it makes.  Plus, there's that whole "permanent" part to consider.  
Yeah, I obviously don't have the guts to go through with it at this point. 

As a lover of books, however, I'm fascinated by the bookish things that people are willing to have permanently etched into their skin.  Some of which are pretty amazing while others are... well, not so much. 

If you're also fascinated by such things, take a look at these literary tats, from the good to the "what were you thinking?!"  In no particular order.



The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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The Waves by Virginia Woolf
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Bluebird by Bukowski
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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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V by Thomas Pynchon

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling



Harry Potter Dewey Decimal Number (she's a librarian)

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20 comments:

  1. Some of those were really awesome! Some of them looked nothing like the characters and were huge. I can't even imagine having an entire arm or back tattooed up. I do have one small tattoo that no one but myself sees.

    I really love the Harry Potter tats though I just could never see myself with something so big.

    That Twilight back tattoo...my God she's dedicated. Anyways, thanks for sharing, I love looking at literary tattoos. It's cool to see what inspires people.

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    1. Nice! That's more evidence that you're much cooler than I am :)

      Yeah, she's definitely dedicated. The detail work on a few of these tattoos are really good, but - like you - I can't imagine having something so big.

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    2. Some of those Twilight tattoos are nuts.

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  2. Wow, some of those tattoos are amazing! Particularly "On the Road". That one is stunning.

    I have been thinking of getting a literary tattoo, since books are such a huge part of my life. I have 4 tattoos so far, and all of them are meaningful to me in someway, so a tattoo to showcase my love of books would just make sense, for me.

    And I agree...the large tattoos are something you REALLY gotta want to be able to sit through all the pain and part with all the money. Lol. My largest tattoo was a little over 6 hours, and that was more than enough. XD

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    1. Wow, I don't think I'd be able to sit still for 6 hours while being tortured, lol. I agree, getting a large tattoo is something you have to really want and be committed to. I wouldn't mind something literary - something meaningful and on a much smaller scale than many of the ones listed here. :)

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  3. I enjoyed reading your post, and it inspired a Google images search, and a subsequent post of my own, listing this blog entry of yours, and some other stuff I came across!

    http://busybusybusylife.blogspot.com/2012/02/tattoos-and-other-things.html

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    1. Thanks Muzette! I'm on my way to check out your post. :)

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  4. I <3 looking at literary tats.
    My favs are always the ones that have a simple short quote in a pretty font.
    The imitation vamp bite Bella got is pretty interesting in that it looks really good and I give kudos to the artist.
    Great post!

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    1. I have tats. The biggest advice I give folks is based on what I wish I had done:

      1. Wait until your 30. You know yourself better then.
      2. Do something that is just for you.
      3. Go with a place that's easy to hide.

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    2. Now I'm curious about the kind of tats you have. :)
      Thanks for the advice, Juju! Those are definitely things I'll keep in mind for when I take that step. :)

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  5. I'm with you on your feelings about tattoos - I'm too much of a wimp. I have to say though, most of those were on the Ugly side of things. What were people thinking, indeed. I don't know why it is so hard for tattoo artists to tattoo RPattz's face - he was either bloated or weird looking in every tattoo, haha.

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    1. lol, the ugly ones help us appreciate the non-ugly ones. :)

      I know what you mean about RPattz - the one in color looks like he's been punched in the nose one too many times. :/ haha

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  6. Oh, wow. Those are really, really cool. Though as big as they are, they're less than subtle! Hard to hide if, say, you got a Twilight tattoo and then second-thought it.

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    1. yeah - it would be horrible to second-guess a tat you won't be able to hide or you got tired of later.

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  7. I'm like you and way too scared to get a tattoo myself. Some of the smaller ones were nice but seeing some of the ones that cover the entire back is just insane to me.

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    1. ha, yep, those tats that cover the entire back are definitely not for newbies like us - I think we need to start with something more our speed. lol

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  8. I have been wanting to get a literary tattoo for a while now but I haven't really felt a connection with anything in particular. My friend also has "so it goes..." on her arm.

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    1. I'm leaning towards a quote myself - something short, to the point, and absolutely genius (I'll know it when I read it) :D

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  9. I have a tatto. And its true. Once you have one, you dont want to stop. I go tomorrow to get two new one. One of them is literary. Not specific though. Its an open book that says srep into my world and its going on my foot. The other one is the simba that is on the cave in the lionking, and under it it says remember who you are. And the best thing, always get one that MEANS something, not just because its cute. You'll regret it later in life.

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  10. Wow! I don't want a tattoo, but if I were going to get one, I'd try to do something with something the Dalai Lama stated in his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, "All sentient beings seek happiness and try to avoid suffering."

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