This tattoo belongs to Bookman.
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
― George Orwell, 1984
This was submitted by Ashley.
This is one of the last tattoos that I am doing in my training phase of being a tattoo artist. This Tolkein quote is on one of my very best friends, Kathryn :)
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
- J.R.R. Tolkien
This belongs to Megan.
This is a reminder to myself to not let the world get me down. I have a lot ahead of me and so much life to experience. And this is my reminder to make sure I enjoy every minute of it and live it to the fullest.
“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”
― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
This belongs to Erik.
This tattoo is from my favorite book, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” by Michael Chabon. In this book, two Jewish cousins come together during WWII and begin writing a comic book. The main character they invent is this guy, the Escapist. Throughout the book, the Escapist represents and evolves with the two characters as they both are searching for a sense of masculinity. I identified incredibly with one character, Sam Clay, in particular who used the Escapist throughout his life to explore the deeper meanings of masculinity within a culture that tries to define it for him.
This belongs to sue z q.
“Best not to look back. Best to believe there will be happily ever afters all the way around – and so there may be; who is to say there will not be such endings? Not all boats which sail away into darkness never find the sun again, or the hand of another child; if life teaches anything at all, it teachers that there are so many happy endings that the man who believes there is no God needs his rationality called into serious question.”
- Stephen King, It
This belongs to Katie.
“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will
I had this tattooed on the fifth anniversary of my stepfather’s death, as a memento of him and his time in my life. They’re such incredibly powerful words, a reminder that life will always go on even after our bodies have expired, in the hearts and minds of everyone we touch, a reminder that we are just specks on this earth, infinitesimal, and yet everything to those we love.
This belongs to Shawn Lynch.
Favorite literary/Buddhist quote and one I knew I wanted for years.
The font is Kabel and it was done at Rebellious Addiction Tattoo in Gilbert, AZ
This belongs to Chloe Anne.
I got this because I think it’s important to remember the conditional nature of being alive at all, and that it’s all so temporary as individual moments, but the idea that it’s totally permanent outside of those individual moments–that you can just look to another one, that it’s a great expanse–is pretty fantastic. Yes, terrible things happen, but not just terrible things have happened, and they won’t always happen.
This was posted as a part of “So it Goes” Saturdays. The phrase “so it goes” appears in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five 106 times. Can you help me collect 106 “so it goes” tattoos? 74 down, 32 to go.
Yesterday I posted 5 “timshel” tattoos. Here are two written in Hebrew.
This belongs to Ryann.
This belongs to Hannah Waterman.
The tattoo is from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. It means “timshel” and it is in Hebrew.
I was inspired by this passage because it spoke to my own personal perspective on choice and how that fits in with in an idea of “God’s will” for me, I also am Jewish in background – something I relate to as a culture and a history and less as a religion, so having it done in the Hebrew script felt meaningful and personal, and, finally, as a passionate reader, it was very meaningful to me to choose a moment that I loved from a book that I loved.