This tattoo belongs to GnimElf.

Literary Tattoos: Muse

“Follow through
Make your dreams come true
Don’t give up the fight
You will be alright

‘Cause there’s no one
Like you in the universe

Don’t be afraid
What your mind consumes
You should make a stand
Stand up for what you believe

And tonight we can truly say
Together we’re invincible

During the struggle, they will pull us down
But please, please, let’s use this chance to turn things around
And tonight we can truly say
Together we’re invincible

Do it on your own
It makes no difference to me
What you leave behind
What you choose to be

And whatever they say
Your soul’s unbreakable”

- Invincible by Muse

Literary Tattoos: Muse

that’s how the light gets in

This belongs to Patsy.

This sentiment strikes such a chord with me- I had it put on my inner forearm, as an easily visible reminder that perfection is an illusion. Most of life’s lessons are learned within the “cracks”- the flaws and mistakes that have much to teach us, if we are willing to learn. The artist is Shannon Archuleta.

Literary Tattoos: Leonard Cohen Anthem

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

- “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Literary Tattoos: The Smiths

This is Jay’s tattoo, based on a song by The Smiths.

The song is called Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. It is the first Smiths song I heard in my life and it has a deep meaning for me. The Smiths are my favorite band and I rely on Morrissey’s voice every time I don’t know what to do.

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

- Excerpt from Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Smiths

love is a thousand shades of grey

Literary Tattoos: Tina Dico

This belongs to Nate from Seattle.

My tattoo is a lyric from the song In the Red, by Tina Dico. She is an incredible singer songwriter from Denmark, and I’m an avid fan. More importantly, I think this lyric captures what we all experience in love.

Love is a thousand shades of grey – and we know
There’s not a safe or certain way to go
But when we’ve seen all, uneasiness and hate, it will show
That it all means nothing, it all means nothing, it all means nothing at all, at all

- Excerpt from In the Red by Tina Dico

awake my soul

Literary Tattoos: Mumford & Sons

This tattoo belongs to Michelle.

The words “awake my soul” are from the Mumford & Sons song “Awake My SoulLiterary Tattoos: Mumford & Sons “. It is such an inspiring and beautiful phrase to me. I think of it not only as somewhat of a prayer to become more awake and alive in life, but also as just a call to nature and the universe that I wish to be fully awake in my living and to experience each day with the full capability of my body and soul. I don’t want to go sleeping through my days and at the end of life wonder what happened, why I wasn’t happier. This tattoo inspires me to enjoy life, to connect on a deeper level with the things and people I encounter.

I got the words surrounding a beautiful, realistic sunflower because sunflowers signify light and goodness in the world. I also think of them as being very happy and content flowers. Lastly, whenever you see a sunflower, I love how it looks as if it is growing toward and facing the sun.  They go after the light and what they want, and in return it seems like they get to be the happiest flower there is.