explanations take such a dreadful time

This is Sasha’s Alice tattoo.

When it came time to choose my last tattoo, I wanted something that represented my undying love for literature. I was also looking for something a little absurd and maybe whimsical to add to the three things I adored most. This brought me quickly to Alice in Wonderland, as I’ve been a fan of Charles Dodgson since before I knew he had a second name.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’
‘Explain all that,’ said the Mock Turtle.
‘No, no! The adventures first,’ said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: ‘explanations take such a dreadful time.’

- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


  1. Maria says

    Well ..
    Text is good but the font .. is questionable :/ It’s HUGE!
    The dog looks at u like, what the hell were u thinking face ..
    Sorry, that I didn’t adore it.

  2. John says

    I love it. It is odd and thought-provoking. It makes the viewer ask, “Why did you get that tattoo?” And then, the tattoo answers it for the viewer. Although the question remains.

    Extremely clever.

  3. Caitlin says

    this is absolutely gorgeous! a different quote from Alice, but I love the illuminated letter and the different fonts – esp. ‘dreadful’

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