To Thine Own Self Be True

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare Hamlet

This is Nikki’s tattoo.

Shakespeare is, essentially, my life– it’s what I’ve been studying for the past few years of my undergraduate career, what I plan to study into graduate school, and hopefully what I will end up teaching as a professor; thus, it only seemed appropriate to get at least one quote tattooed somewhere on my body. Hopefully there are more to come.

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare Hamlet

This is Nicole’s.

Just a wonderful sentiment.

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare Hamlet

This belongs to Julia and was done by Jessica at Staircase Tattoos in Santa Cruz, CA.

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare Hamlet

This is Kathryn’s.

I waited eighteen years to get this. My plan was to get one after I graduated high school, but the money I had set aside went to repairing my car after an accident instead. After that I met my husband, and he’s not a fan of tattoos. We’ve been together almost twenty years, and for my birthday this year he encouraged me to finally get one. After months of consideration I decided on this. A reminder to be brave and never doubt myself. I’ve loved Shakespeare all my life, so it was fitting. (The quote is from Hamlet.)

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, scene 3, 78-81

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