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Literary Tattoos: Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged

Bekka explains her tattoo:

My name’s Bekka and my tattoo is from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

Everybody seems to be obsessed with the quote of “Who is John Galt?” when it felt like, at least to me, the whole question wasn’t the point. I chose instead to use something John Galt says towards the end of the book. To condense the whole philosophy to a single phrase to me would be to say, “You can’t get something from nothing.”


  1. Guardian says

    So… the most profound statement from Atlas Shrugged is, quite literally, a tautology. Brilliant. I know it isn't cool to disparage something that is important to somebody else, but Any Rand is a hack writer whose philosophy is juvenile at best.

    That being said, I think the tattoo is aesthetically pleasing. I would suggest that you claim it is about your love for the simplicity of formal logic, and swear you have never heard of Ayn Rand.

  2. Mary says

    Pretty shitty, Guardian, that you felt the need to post that comment. Awesome tattoo Bekka. Always wanted to get "I swear by my life and my love of it…" somewhere on my body.

  3. James says


    I love how you not only know and state the rule, "…it isn't cool to disparage something that is important to somebody else," but you then, in the same sentence, break that rule. This speaks volumes about you. Thank you for helping to demonstrate what it means to be a hack and to act as a juvenile.

    The tattoo is darling bekka. All the best.

  4. says

    I got a more geometric and mathematical representation.

    I get asked about it all the time. Usually I answer "it is an affirmation of Aristotle's identity principle — that a thing is equal to itself, which means that it objectively exists" but sometimes I'll just blurt out "Immanuel Kant can suck it!"

    Love the website. Thanks for using WordPresss! :-)

  5. Eric says

    Awesome tat – Mark, I like yours as well.

    I'm going to get this tattooed on my side, and have been trying to decide on a font/geometry/etc.

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