Literary Tattoos: Charles Bukowski

This is Dan’s tattoo.

My tattoo is from an interview with Charles Bukowski in Life Magazine.

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

The font is Papyrus. This tattoo was done by Ray Jimenez at Bad Apple Tattoo in Las Vegas, every time I’ve gone to that shop the work has been phenomenal.

Note:  The source of this quotation is Life Magazine December 1988. You can read the article text here.

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