It’s history. It’s poetry.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

This tattoo is on Becca:

My tattoo is a quote from The Catcher in the Rye, spoken by Mr. Antolini. I’m not really a huge fan of the book itself, but this quote really sums up how I feel about learning.

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept record of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.

- Excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


  1. says

    I absolutely love this tattoo! I especially like your font choice. I speak from bias–I have a typewriter-font tattoo myself (I've sent it to Contrariwise but it hasn't been featured) and I think they look amazing on skin. Which exact font did you use? The font mine's in is called Urania Czech.

  2. jess says

    I don't really like this book either, which a former teacher of mine thinks is a great tragedy, but i absolutely adore this tattoo. The font is great, the placement is beautiful on you and I really love the quote itself. I feel inspired to pick up the book again.

  3. Miss McKinley says

    I love that it also seems to be referring to your body, which is beautiful, if you've lived any kind of full, flawed life at all: It's history. It's poetry.

  4. Lance says

    It's beautiful.

    The size of the font is perfect.

    I'm sitting here trying to think of something witty to say as a flirtation. Nothing. Just know that I wanted to and this tattoo counts for about 30% of the reason.

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