This belongs to Sara.
This is my tattoo from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It's an original illustration from the book. The book has been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I knew that one day I would want to get a picture or text tattoo to represent it. I chose this particular drawing because it is my favorite part of the book. The main character, Milo, has just met Chroma, the conductor of the world's colors. He is responsible for conducting an orchestra that produces daytime and nighttime, sunrises and sunsets, and is the reason for the passage of time. Milo's responsibility is to wake Chroma up in time to conduct the sunrise, but instead he decides to attempt to conduct himself, and he accidentally conducts the orchestra through an entire week of time. The tattoo is of Milo sleeping on the conductor's music. I love this part so much because it is whimsical and beautiful, and as the rest of the book, makes you look at the everyday in a new way. It keeps me appreciating what I have, and the kid inside of me will always love the story.
This belongs to Margaret.
I got this tattoo as a tribute to my favorite author, Shel Silverstein. What better way to show your love for an author/illustrator than to have their work on you forever. I'll never
be without a book again. Done by Shelly Thompson at Magick Dragon Tattoo in Gainesville, GA.
I just got this tattoo yesterday and have been working up to getting it since last year. I've always loved the penguin and I decided to get it because it symbolises an unpretentious love of reading (to me anyway). It's on my inner forearm and I'm eventually going to get a quote on the other arm to balance it out.
This is Kate's tattoo.
Just got this today to celebrate my undergraduate degree... I start my English Lit masters in the fall. I wanted to get a tattoo to literally mark the occasion.
I chose [sic], "thus"; in full: sic erat scriptum, "thus it had been written." I spent a while worrying about font, but finally decided that the only real choice was Times New Roman.
I'm a graphic designer, and during my first year of art school I fell in love with the interabang; the extinct punctuation mark that combined the qustion mark and the exclamation point for moments like "she said what?!?" and so on. I decided that if my life were a symbol that would be it... surprised proclamation. It sort of became the icon for my life, and even became the name and logo of the design company I started after school. Finally this year on my 25th birthday I took the plunge and got it as my first tattoo. This mark means so much to me, and I'm so happy with it!
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.
This is Jessica's tattoo.
All my life I have delt with anxiety. At age 10 I was diagnoised with OCD. Growing up I was afraid to go into stores, make business calls or do anything that was related to speaking to strangers. My mother would say to me "sink or swim, Jessica" Her words inspired me to overcome my fears and do what I had to do. Thank God for my mother reminding me to swim.