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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Literary Tattoos: The Good, The Bad, and The Why Would You Do That To Yourself

Tattoos are personal. You wouldn't put something on your body permanently if it wasn't. And often times, the things that are most personal to us are books. So it makes sense that a huge portion of the tattoo art in the world has been inspired from and based in our favorite fiction. 

But like any tattoo, one must be very very sure that it's something you want to live with...forever, even if it does come from one of your favorite books. And not all people, in my opinion, really think that through. So I've put together a little collection of literary tattoos that I've found and all us book worms can ooo, awww, and ewww over them accordingly.
The Good
The key to a good literary tattoo is timelessness. If you pick a classic, it's never going to go out of style. Take some of these for example:

Who doesn't love Mr. Darcy's confession of love?? Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will always be a classic.

I think it's safe to say that Lord of the Rings is never going out of style. 

And you can always channel your inner child with J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.

The Bad
Tattoos based on fad books can quickly go out of style leaving you thinking, "I wish I'd waited before getting my faction tattooed on my arm!"

I may take some heat for this but, I just have a feeling that this is going to sizzle out.


This was a bad idea. A very bad idea.

So we've seen a few good and just a couple bad and very bad, but honestly, what I post and think and what anyone else thinks doesn't matter. It's your tattoo. The factions of Divergent could have helped you realize that you don't need to fit into one group and you learned to accept your differences. And Edward Cullen could have, well, yeah he could have done something for you... 

As I said, a tattoo is personal. If any book, classic or not, meant enough to you that you want to memorialize it on your skin, then go for it! Just...think it all the way through first. You don't want to end up on the bad section of a blog post. ;)

1 comment:

  1. I can't think of much to say! Except that this is interesting. AND I discovered quite the broad array of religious/spiritually oriented tattoos when I was researching (and, um, photoshopping) this piece: