Tattoo collage

I decided long ago that getting a tattoo would not work for me: I would simply not be able to decide on anything I would like for the rest of my life. However, when I saw this post on Buzzfeed, my resolution wavered for a moment.

Nothing is more eternal than a good book. Though I personally wouldn’t go for a life-sized portrait of Agatha Christie’s face on my upper leg, a small tribute to Le Petit Prince, Where the Wild things Are or Madeline can be really cute.

Can you spot the references in the tattoos above?

Check out the 45 other tattoos here.


Images from: Shel Silverstein / Yarn Coma / tumblr / weheartit / Simon Erl

10 thoughts on “Found on Buzzfeed: 50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired by Books

  1. I have two literary tattoos- one a Tolkien quote and the other a section of the poem “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley. They were (and remain) utterly perfect for me, I wouldn’t change them for the world. I love that since my Tolkien tatt is in Tengwar, people only know what it means if I want them to =)
    Some of these are so beautiful!

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    1. Wow, that is really cool :). I had never heard of “Invictus”, but I googled it and it sounds really good. A bit dark, but very empowering. According to Wikipedia, Nelson Mandela recited the poem to other prisoners while incarcerated at Robben Island prison. Maybe I should have heard of it :). Anyway, a great poem to carry around with you, I think.

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      1. He did! The movie Invictus is partially about it, but I hadn’t watched it before I got it. I have a chronic illness, so I sometimes need to remember that I have an unconquerable soul 🙂

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    1. Almost correct ;). I think the Clockwork Orange tattoo is very pretty, but that isn’t a book I would want on my arm. I like that the Peter Pan one resembles the rather standard ‘flying birds’ tattoo but then turns out to be something so cool on closer inspection. And the Moby Dick tattoo is just epic :). What do you think?


  2. Oh man, I’m kicking myself over never getting a VFD or, “The world is quiet here,” tattoo. Brilliant. One of these may be in my future.

    Right now my only literary tattoo is a Walt Whitman quote on my forearm which reads, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.”

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