Nothing says you love books, I mean LOVE books like a literary tattoo. I mean you can’t even call yourself a BOOK LOVER unless you have some sort of tattoo that is inspired by, or based off of a great work of literature. Not to mention, once you get said literary tattoo you declare to the world that you are smart, hip, and so not a slave to pop-culture. Because it’s a book, not a television show or movie. And just because they made it into a movie – well, that’s because people know what’s awesome. And the book was better.
Show off your genius with esoteric quotes from literary works that everyone says they’ve read, but no one has really read. And if you’ve read them, points for you, but we all know you’re probably lying. Cliff’s Notes does not count. But, good try.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then.”
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“‘My dear fellow, who will let you?’
‘That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?’”
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
“Call me Ishmael.”
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
If the quote is too small – make sure you reference the book. If not you’ve only got “It is me” tattooed on you…which we kind of already know it’s you. You’re standing right there.
Ulysses by James Joyce
“I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
Show off your trendiness by putting an inked tribute to everyone’s favorite literature. This shows you are smart and cool. And when people see it they’ll know what it is and you can share a moment with another trendy book lover.
And finally, how better to show off your wit and childish sense of being by quoting your favorite children’s books? Not YA – that shows your reading is advanced, this is straight-up children’s books.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
“We’re all mad here.”
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
“a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”
The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Nothing says childhood innocence than a pokey little puppy…
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
All these tattoos, well most of these tattoos, are awesome and showing your love of the literary world is fantastic. But, I like to have fun and I’ve been contemplating my next tattoo for the last couple of months. Was supposed to get one in Vegas, but well – Vegas got in the way.
I was thinking of getting all or part of a favorite quote of mine…guess the book (that I actually read) for extra points:
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
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