Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This belongs to Zille from Denmark.

I watched the movie for the first time when I was about 11 years old. I was completely baffled, yet strangely drawn to Thompson’s weird universe. I re-watched the movie several times during the following years and it was always one of my favorites. Then, a couple of years ago, I read the book for the first time, and I’ve never laughed so hard. Then when I went to NYC with a couple of friends in February, we decided to all get tattoos. The first thing that came to mind was to get a quote from the book. I looked around in it for a while, and a lot of great quotes stood out. Most of them were overused though. When I found this one, however, there was no doubt in my mind. To me, it just captures the entire surreal mood of the story and Thompson’s subtle and outrageous humor. I’ve loved it from the second I saw it on my arm.

It was done by Carlos at Rising Dragon Tattoo in NYC.

Literary Tattoos: Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.”

- Hunter. S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

so far so good

Literary Tattoos: La Haine Literary Tattoos: La Haine

This tattoo belongs to ttang.

My tattoo is from the french movie La Haine.

It actually says: “So far so good”, but the real quote is much longer: “This is the story of a man falling from a building fifty stories. The guy, in its fall repeats constantly for reassurance: so far so good, so far so good, so far so good.But the important thing is not falling, it’s landing.”

I got it before Christmas last year, many people have asked me why I did it, and I never know how to answer that. It’s just a particular attraction I found in this lines, when I saw the film I was totally captivated by it. This is the phrase that stayed in my mind for a very long time, and I constantly repeated it when something was wrong, the strength lies upon the landing.

Be It

Literary Tattoos: The Rocky Horror Show The Rocky Horror Picture Show Richard OBrien

This is Caitlin’s tattoo.

This is first my tattoo, it says “Don’t dream it, be it” which is from ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. It is my favorite film, musical, soundtrack… my favorite everything! It is also my motto in life, we can’t all just sit around wishing and dreaming about the things that will happen to us, we have to go out into the world and make them happen. Dreams aren’t accomplished in our sleep, and good things don’t hang around for those who wait.

I gave this to myself as my 20th birthday present and I’m totally hooked!

Fight Club

Literary Tattoos: Fight Club (1999) Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

- Tyler Durden in Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk