Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Literary Tattoos

I've thought about getting several literary tattoos - some poetry quotes, some lyrics, I can never actually make up my mind about them though.  So until then...I'll keep looking through some of these awesome literary tattoos for inspiration!

"This is a quote from one of my favorite short stories, The Other Side of the Hedge, by E.M Forster. It represents one of my strongest beliefs; to live a life free of monotony and always jump for something new even if you're not sure where you’ll land."

"This tattoo was inspired by a trip to Bread Loaf this summer, where I studied poetry with Ellen Bryant Voigt. I have always admired the ways we can re-imagine poems outside of typical lineation, how poems can become sculptures and books can be objects of art with textures and breath... Shawn designed the whole thing with wings in mind, something that would also resemble lungs and breathing and the lift of freedom at the end of Sharon Olds‘ oft-studied “I Go Back to May 1937.” The poem is there, on my arm, in its entirety."

"This is the VFD slogan from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events."

From Alice in Wonderland... "This quote specifically holds a place in my heart because I think it represents the constant struggle to find yourself, and to hold on to it when you do. I’ve been asking myself this question my whole life and I don’t know if I’ll ever have a full answer."

From 'Fight Club' "This tattoo represents having strength and independence and losing all fear no matter what situations we are dealt in life. Most importantly it’s about learning to face your pain full on with your head held high instead of denying that it affects you in the first place."

"I fell in love with Ulysses by James Joyce when I was in college studying literature, identifying with the bumbling, conflicted Leopold Bloom. When my life was recently turned upside down by heartache, I was reminded of this line from the “Hades” chapter, spoken by Bloom: “Plenty to see and hear and feel yet.”"

{I thought about getting this quote tattooed!}

"This is a question asked by a man in the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot 
In the poem, he tries over and over to muster up the courage to pursue his dreams, but his fears and doubts always stop him. This is my personal reminder everyday, a way to constantly ask myself, “Am I brave enough to make a difference in the world?” I want to be able to answer, “Yes.”" 

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