Literary Tattoos: Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Illustrations

“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”

- Invitation by Shel Silverstein, in Where the Sidewalk Ends

This is Kaitlynn’s tattoo:

I got it in memory of all of my grandparents who have passed away, mainly for my mom’s mom, who loved Shel Silverstein’s work and collected his books – “Invitation” was one of her favorite poems.


  1. Dee says

    Dangit! I've been planning to get this same tattoo! Now I guess I'll have to find another way to honor the poem. *sigh*

    LOVE the ink, though. :)

  2. Kit says

    I have this poem posted on my wall, just to remind me that I am, in fact, all those things. Especially the magic-bean-buyer :)

    Awesome tattoo!!

  3. Morgan Krug says

    I love this tattoo-its so simple yet so perfect. It captures Shel Silverstien wonderfully. I bet it looks even better in person!

  4. BReNDaN o'BRieN says

    Oh man, I'd never heard of Shel Silverstein until the last few weeks, and now he keeps popping up everywhere! What a beautiful beautiful poem…and an awesome tattoo.

    *gushing gushing gushing*


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