We did another post on literary tattoos, but there were still too many good ones so here are some more fantastic, fun, or very, very literary literary tattoos.
“but I’m too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody see you.” Bukowski.
more Bukowski. “I run with the hunted and if I’m not the happiest man on earth I’m surely the luckiest man alive.”
Time for Kerouac, yes? A passage from On The Road says “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…”
A bit more elaborate, a passage from On The Road with a portrait of Kerouac, and his trusty typewriter.
The whole quote from above. Not right above. Above that. There you go.
They just keep on coming!
There are a LOT of e.e. cummings tattoos out there, but this is an especially good one.
A quote from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Because it would take up WAY too much space to get the whole thing tattooed on you.
T.S. Eliot. Nice placement, too.
Miguel de Cervantes. Dude had what it took to create literature with staying power. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha has been around since the 1600′s and people still dig it.
Gotta love a girl who gets a bit from a Langston Hughes poem tattooed on her.
William Blake. You either love him or hate him. Or you’re indifferent to him. One of those.
Faulkner had a lot to say about man’s misfortune. He said “Man’s misfortune lies in being time-bound” and he also said “A man is the sum of his misfortunes.”
From The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson.
From Stephen King’s The Gunslinger and The Dark Tower series. Too bad the flowers aren’t roses. That would make a lot more sense.
From Look Homeward, Angel. “he say the golden cities sicken in his eye.” Love you, Thomas Wolfe.
From the children’s picture book by Eric Carle. A super cute tattoo.
Mark Twain. From Life on the Mississippi.
“Thar she blows.”
Nietzsche was such a card.
From Orwell’s 1984
More people should get quotes by Roald Dahl tattooed on them.
From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy…”
Written by Dylan Thomas, for his dying father.
One of the better tattoos inspired by Douglas Adams. They even included the towel.
From Jonathan Safran Foer – Everything is Illuminated
Ramona. Not so deep.
The last lines of Nabokov’s Lolita.
It’s Proust, if you bothered reading the tattoo.
Isn’t it bad enough that we all read Rilke in our early twenties?
Assuming she knows what The Scarlett Letter is about, this is very edgy. If she doesn’t…well…poor girl.
Do you have any idea how many Slaughterhouse-Five tattoos there are in the world? A lot. This is one. The phrase “so it goes” is used in the book repeatedly (106 times). When people die. Cheerful, huh?
C.S. Lewis, from The Silver Chair.
Attributed to both Socrates AND J.M Barrie.
Very famous quote by J.R.R. Tolkien in his poem All That is Gold Does Not Glitter.
From Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Some people really love Virginia Woolf. Obviously, this is one of those people.
How much do we love a girl who loves Heinlein? A lot.