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Literary Tattoos

Discussion in 'Café Life' started by Paul Whybrow, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Paul Whybrow

    Paul Whybrow Venerated Member

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    This article, in Book Riot, made me consider what literary tattoos I'd choose.

    Bookish Temporary Tattoos That Have Us Craving More Ink

    I don't have any ink on my skin—after all, why interrupt perfection? ;)

    All the same, there are some illustrations from classic novels, as well as pithy quotes that would serve as inspirational tattoos. I like Kenneth Graham's The Wind In The Willows which is discounted as a children's book but has much to say about friendship, conservation, the importance of home and man's ridiculous obsessions.

    My favourite illustrator of Graham's story is Ernest H. Shepherd, who also illustrated the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

    In this drawing Ratty introduces Mole to the joys of river life:

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    Do any of you already have tattoos? Perhaps with a literary theme...

    Which pictures or sayings would you choose?
     
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  2. Matnov

    Matnov Well-Known Member

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    Not a tattoo fan either (I have told my daughter that one of the few things she could ever do that would truly break my heart is have a tattoo done) but in terms of a literary offering, then it would have to be this...

    Unus post alterum sermo

    Obviously the Latin would prove incorrect and naturally it would be all done in a flowery Gothic type font (do tattoos have fonts?) but for me it sums up the craft in its purest form.
     
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  3. Boopadoo

    Boopadoo Respected Member

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    Mine's sort of literary - it's a reproduction of Albrecht Dürer's "St. Michael Fighting the Dragon" from his "Apocalypse" series, on my right bicep. I got it based on the artistic aesthetic and the concept being badass, not necessarily for any religious reasons. But, if we count the Bible as literary...

    I do have plans to get "Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show" done old-time poster style on my left bicep (big fan of Bradbury). That's definitely literary. An "angel on my right shoulder, devil on my left" sort of thing...
     
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  4. Patricia D

    Patricia D Venerated Member

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    This old lady remains baffled by young people who inject ink into their beautiful smooth skin, but temporary tattoos could be fun. Mine would show a dolphin saying, "So long and thanks for all the fish."
     
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  5. Patricia D

    Patricia D Venerated Member

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    Thank you for reminding me of a book I loved and my children loved. I'm about to go order a copy for my youngest grandkids With the Ernest Shepherd illustrations because I want the little beasts to appreciate art as well as literature.
     
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  6. Robinne Weiss

    Robinne Weiss Venerated Member

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    Other people's tattoos don't bother me, but given that the only thing I'm afraid of is needles, there's no way I'd ever be able to get one. Even thinking about getting one makes me feel faint. If I could manage a tattoo, I'm afraid I wouldn't go for anything literary--it would have to be bugs. At the core, I'm just an entogeek. (I was thrilled a couple of years ago when I had a growth removed from my face, and the resulting scar looked like a stick insect. It has faded since then, and the legs and antennae are mostly gone now...)
     
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  7. Paul Whybrow

    Paul Whybrow Venerated Member

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    Could be seen as inspirational:

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    Maybe going just a bit too far....

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