Tattoos are a huge part of our culture now, and everyone from your doctor to your grandmother can get themselves inked. They are no longer a sign of a bad-boy type, nor do they stand in the way of someone getting that high-powered job they are after. Even our very own Reading Addicts have had themselves permanently adorned with pictures and quotes inspired by their favourite books and authors.
A while back we featured a picture of one of the best character-inspired tattoos we have ever seen. It prompted many of you to tell us about ones you had seen, and even ones you had had done yourself.
We asked you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures of your very own literary tattoos, and you did not disappoint!
Here are your stunning tattoos inspired by your favourite books…
“Gandalf by Nick Pierce at Diamond State Tattoo in Sherwood, Arkansas”
Sent in by Katie Gordon
“This tattoo was done by Nick Fabini at Cardinal Tattoo in Fort Wayne, IN, and this picture is about a year old. Reading is everything to me and this tattoo is a window to my soul. One of the hardest things I’ve had to do was narrow the list of books that I could represent in the design! What you see here are my absolute favorites and the books I go back to year after year.”
Sent in by Nichole Mendez
Lord of the Rings half sleeve tattoo sent in by Sara Roberts.
“A quote by Nelly Dean from Wuthering Heights” also sent in by Sara Roberts.
This affirmation “you are enough” was sent in by Kayla Page.
“For Mortal Instruments and all the Shadowhunter books. The dates are my kids birthdays” sent in by Samantha Bakunzi.
Thank you all so much for sharing your tattoos with us, we are honoured to see how dedicated you are to your favourite books!
If you would like to feature in the next Literary Tattoos article just email us your literary inspired tattoos to email@example.com.
Happy reading, Addicts!
Wuthering Heights is based on the classic novel of the same, although Bush was actually inspired to write the song after watching a 1967 BBC mini-series adaptation of Emily Brontë. She was instantly hooked and straight away read the book, discovering that she shared her birthday (30th of July) with that particular Brontë. Serendipity!
This year, Kate Bush, along with other artists, has been commissioned to create another tribute to the Wuthering Heights author by providing words for a permanent art installation on the ‘wiley, windy moors‘ that inspired the famous tale.
Ok so maybe she didn’t use magic- she is a muggle after all- instead she used a projector and a steady hand… and she has some tips for anyone who may want to try something similar.
Anyone who has read or seen the tragedy would know that the plight of the poor youngsters may have been prevented if a letter had arrived on time. Their deaths were at the hands of a late delivery! Perhaps Royal Mail had neglected to remember that fact when they chose this play over LITERALLY ANY OTHER.
Twitter became awash with snarky comments from ‘um actually’ types who couldn’t wait to let Royal Mail know their mistake.
During a TED talk yesterday. author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil introduced a new search engine called ‘Talk to Books‘, a tool which scans over 100,000 volumes in Google Books and brings users insightful and interesting answers from relevant titles. Read More
The eight titles below have had their titles removed and had a bit of harsh reality in its place. If you have any more ideas for brutally honest book titles- do let us know!