run with the hunted

This is Ed Casey‘s Bukowski tattoo:

I’ve been a Bukowski fan ever since my pop got me started on his writing (at what was probably too early an age for such booze filled tales of debauchery). I used to have this poem printed out and stuck to my fridge to remind me that, all things considered, things are pretty ok. I thought and thought and thought about getting my first (and so far only) tattoo for years and when the time came there was really only one option.

Literary Tattoos: The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain my doom smiles at me Charles Bukowski

there’s no other way:
8 or ten poems a
in the sink
behind me are dishes
that haven’t been
washed in 2
the sheets need
and the bed is
half the lights are
burned-out here.
it gets darker
and darker
(I have replacement
bulbs but can’t get them
out of their cardboard
wrapper.) Despite my
dirty shorts in the
and the rest of my dirty
laundry on the
bedroom floor,
they haven’t
come for me yet
with their badges and their rules and their
numb ears. oh, them
and their caprice!
like the fox
I run with the hunted and
if I’m not the happiest
man on earth I’m surely the
luckiest man

- “my doom smiles at meby Charles Bukowski, from the book The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain.


  1. says

    Hey that's my arm!

    Thanks for putting me on the site (and thanks for the kind words steph).

    I'll send pictures of my next tattoo as soon as I get it done (well, as soon as I get it done and it's not gross anymore)!

  2. cait says

    lol @ 'hey that's my arm!' :)

    Great tattoo. love the quote you chose and your story behind it (plus great poem too! i don't know much – or any? – of Bukowski's stuff).

  3. bootch says

    simple tattoo, read all of Bukowski and love all of Bukowski, have some Buk ink but looking for some more, will not steal any ideas just looking for inspiration! Great tat dude

  4. says

    Thanks for all the kinds words about my little arm scribble folks.

    It's gratifying to know that my tattoo was so awesome that nothing will ever top it, thus no new posts.

    That's what happened right? ;)

    Also, if anyone can ID exactly what font that is on my wing I'd appreciate it. I get that question occasionally and all I know is that it was the best looking one that popped up when I Googled "classic typewriter font".

  5. Lyzzy says

    I love this. Bukowski is my favourite writer of all time.

    There's a plethora of fonts that your tatt could be in. The ones that I found MOST similar were Courier New, Bookman Old Style, Century Schoolbook, Goundy Old Style. I would say Courier New because it's my favourite text font.

    I want to get "don't try" on my upper left arm.


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