This belongs to Liz Robertson.
This tattoo is from Act 3 scene 2 of my favorite play, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. I love this quote and it was used to describe me by my High School Theatre director, because being only 5'1" and 95 lbs., I can be ferocious in the scene shop. It gives me strength to deal with life's trials and tribulations and when the world has made me feel 'low and little', I know I can make it, because I am fierce.
Oh, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school.
And though she be but little, she is fierce.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2.333-335
This belongs to Emma Medeiros:
I first had the idea when my daughter was born. I liked the idea of winding her up in my arms as she slept... Then this year I began training to be a midwife and it seemed even better.
I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I
have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, begone, and be all ways away.
So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!
- Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 4 Scene 1.
This belongs to Nikita.
It's from Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act II, Scene ii), which I read in high school and which really struck a chord with me. My favorite English teacher taught the class, high school was a difficult but ultimately emboldening time for me, and I have been an avid theatre-lover for as long as I can remember– the line seemed to to fit.
These tattoos belong to Janine Vero & Ursula Vero, and were submitted by Janine.
I have several tattoos, but this is my first literary tattoo.
My sister and I are not traditional when it comes to tattoos & enjoy tattoos that hold unique charm and special sentiment. We have been on the constant search for something representative of our close relationship and finally came upon lines from William Shakespeare's play "As You Like It" (specifically Act One, Scene Three, Lines 66-71 .. the tattoo reads I.iii.66-71). Here are Shakespeare's words. Very fitting for our bond:
I was too young at that time to value her,
But now I know her. If she be a traitor,
Why, so am I. We still have slept together,
Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together,
And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans,
Still we went coupled and inseperable.
FYI: In the picture my tattoo is vertical on my arm and my sister's is across her wrist.
This is Nikki's tattoo.
Shakespeare is, essentially, my life-- it's what I've been studying for the past few years of my undergraduate career, what I plan to study into graduate school, and hopefully what I will end up teaching as a professor; thus, it only seemed appropriate to get at least one quote tattooed somewhere on my body. Hopefully there are more to come.
This is Nicole's.
Just a wonderful sentiment.
This belongs to Julia and was done by Jessica at Staircase Tattoos in Santa Cruz, CA.
This is Kathryn's.
I waited eighteen years to get this. My plan was to get one after I graduated high school, but the money I had set aside went to repairing my car after an accident instead. After that I met my husband, and he's not a fan of tattoos. We've been together almost twenty years, and for my birthday this year he encouraged me to finally get one. After months of consideration I decided on this. A reminder to be brave and never doubt myself. I've loved Shakespeare all my life, so it was fitting. (The quote is from Hamlet.)
"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, scene 3, 78-81
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!
This is Amy's.
I wanted this quote for two reasons. The first reason is what the quote says. My goal is to always stay true to myself. The second reason is that I have my B.A. in English, and I adore Shakespeare. So, it was, what I thought, an appropriate homage to him.
This is Jennifer Berry's.
This one belongs to Meris:
My mom was a theater major in college, and when she was still in school she studied all of Shakespeare's plays. She said that the line "This above all: to thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man" from Hamlet really shaped her and helped guide her life. It's a line that she used to teach me throughout my childhood. This spring, after an event turned my world upside down, making me unsure of who I could trust, I decided to get this tattooed on my back in my mother's handwriting. My mom's name means "honey bee" in Greek, so I decided to get a little bee along with it.
This one belongs to Lauren.
This is Hope's.
I got this tattoo when I was in college. I know I love Shakespeare so much because of my father, who is a huge Shakespeare buff and was taking his children to the theater when other dads were going to baseball games. This is Shakespeare's best piece of fatherly advice, so I consider it a tribute to my father and the bard.
Plus, they talk about this quote in Clueless, so even those deprived people who haven't read Hamlet understand it.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- Hamlet, Act I, sc. iii