scribbled secret notebooks

Literary Tattoos: Jack Kerouac Belief and Technique for Modern Prose

This belongs to “kinko88″.

This is my first tattoo, done by Matt at Evolved in Columbus, OH. The quote is from Jack Kerouac; it’s his first on a list of thirty tips for “spontaneous prose” (what he called his own writing style). I chose this quote because I’ve been fascinated by the Beat Generation–their literature, poems, the relationships between different members of the circle, ideas in general–since I first read On the RoadLiterary Tattoos: Jack Kerouac Belief and Technique for Modern Prose and “Howl” in high school. I write poetry and stories casually (using an old typewriter of course!), and am always jotting down little phrases that come to my head, so I thought this quote was especially appropriate. And no, the “yr” is not a typo, it’s how Kerouac wrote it.

“scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy”

- Jack Kerouac

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