Don’t Try

“Don’t Try” is written on Charles Bukowski’s grave.

Literary Tattoos: Charles Bukowski
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Literary Tattoos: Charles Bukowski

This is Shauna’s tattoo.

I got this tattoo during a trip to Los Angeles while visiting my best friend at Immaculate Conception in Hollywood. I’ve wanted it ever since I began reading Bukowski and while visiting Los Angeles, there seemed no better a place or time. As an aspiring author, such advice has never resonated as true.

Literary Tattoos: Charles Bukowski

This is Lucero‘s.

Literary Tattoos: Charles Bukowski

This belongs to Andrew “Heid” Heaton.

“Somebody at one of these places [...] asked me: ‘What do you do? How do you write, create?’ You don’t, I told them. You don’t try. That’s very important: ‘not’ to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It’s like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it.”

- Charles Bukowski in a 1963 letter to John William Corrington

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