beauty is truth

This is Chelsea Krieg’s tattoo.  The photo was taken by Sarah Danaher of Ampersand Photography.

 I’ve had the tattoo on my left foot for over three years and it seems to gain more meaning to me all of the time.  For me, the lines take the shape of the individual who believes them – if someone truly believes in the power of truth, there can be no other beauty but that truth.  If a person believes that there is no truth but beauty, then beauty is the only truth.  For me it is the former, but in either sense it’s quite a beautiful assertion (though admittedly a controversial one).

Literary Tattoos: Ode on a Grecian Urn John Keats

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’

- John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

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