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9 Great Literary Tattoos

Tattoos can be a great way to show your personality—if you feel a strong connection to a book, poem or even line of literature, why not put it somewhere everyone can see? Just make sure to choose something you really love because people are going to be asking you about it forever! Here are 9 great literary tattoos we found around the web.

Which one is your favourite? Do you have a bookish tattoo? Show it to us in the comments!

A colourful and beatiful way to wear your love for Alice in Wonderland on your
sleeve. Literally. Via.
A simple, graphic tribute to The Wizard of Oz. Via.
Stunning artwork from Yann Martel's Life of Pi. Via.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld - the Great A'Tuin swimming through space. Via.
A simple block of text from David Foster Wallace's great literary work, Infinite Jest.
This tattoo's taken from the book cover artwork from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
The line, "but world enough and time," from Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress
was found via The Time Traveler's Wife. Via.
A pretty birdcage and the line "there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out"
from Charles Bukowski's poem, Bluebird. Via
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" is fake Latin for "don't let the bastards grind
you down." From Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Via
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About Ainsley

Ainsley Sparkes is an avid reader and knitter. She feels that once she learns to knit and read simultaneously she’ll be unstoppable. A life-long love of books has led her to this position as Online Marketing Coordinator at Random House of Canada. But who knows, her recently reignited interest in mystery novels may convince her to give it all up to become a detective. You should follow Ainsley on Twitter here @RandomHouseCA. or here @AinsleySparkes.

17 Responses to “9 Great Literary Tattoos”

  1. Chelsea says:

    I have Edgar Allan Poe’s signature tattooed on my arm, picture is in the link :)

  2. Jan says:

    A fellow knitter and reader. Your tatoo post is inspiring for the literary among the literates. Thanks. Jan

    • Ainsley says:

      Always great to hear from a fellow reader and knitter.

      Glad you liked the post. I had fun researching it. So many other great tattoos out there – I couldn’t include them all, though.

  3. Mel says:

    I have a line from Walt Whitman’s song of myself tattooed on my shoulder: “I am the poet of the body”

  4. KC Herbel says:

    My oldest daughter has a tat of Where the Wild Things Are…sometimes I wish we hadn’t read that one.

  5. Carolene says:

    I have four tattoos..and I drew all of mine myself. They are all cartoon characters and have a very specific meaning to me..I have added all my own embellishments to them of course and this is what makes them unique to me….on my leg is Taz riding a dolphin while holding a white rose (my knight in shining Armour), on my chest is the Harley heart with flames and a green eye (mine) which means the burning hearts desire, on my shoulder is Odie and he is flipping the finger ( you know what that means), and finally on my lower back (tramp stamp) is Taz with a halo and wings which means I am a devil in disguise….

    • Kat says:

      That’s great that you drew all your tattoos yourself and that they are so meaningful to you! Always important when getting permanent body art :) .

  6. John says:

    I have a quote from Charles Dickens Christmas Carol on my arm ‘his own heart laughed and that was quite enough for him.’ I chose this because I love Christmas, I love the story as it’s one of my all time favourite books and the quote reminds me not to care too much about what other people say/think.

    • Ainsley says:

      That’s a great sentiment. I mostly love it because I am, more often than I care to admit, the only one laughing at my own jokes. :)


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