Literary Tattoos: The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Illustrations

This belongs to Sascha Fink.

This is my homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne. There are two main associations with the number 64. First, he died in 1864. Second, in the last years of his life, he obsessively scribbled the number 64 on scraps of paper; a little know fact about the author. I had this tattoo done in the style of an embroidered patch and lettering inspired by the Puritan Book of Common Prayers. I was uncomfortable tattooing and “A” because it stands for adulteress, of which I am not. I chose to use the number in red to associate the tattoo with Hawthorne’s famous book, The Scarlet Letter.


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