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 tattoo belongs to Michelle.
The words "awake my soul" are from the Mumford & Sons song "Awake My Soul". 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.
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 Kylie.
I'd been thinking about it for ages, but had trouble picking a spot for it. I love it, and it sums up my house!! Books everywhere.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- Cicero (attributed)
This belongs to Sophie-Mae Brown from York, England.
My tattoo is a quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson. It says "Too weird to live, Too rare to die".
The reason I got this tattoo is because I aspire to be an author and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" has been a great influence.
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.
This belongs to Tom Pine.
This belongs to Lauren Mac.
I saw all the pictures of people with tattoos from Slaughterhouse 5 so I decided to read the book and fell in love with it. After reading it, I couldn't not get the tattoo.
This belongs to Lisa, Plymouth, UK.
My Slaughterhouse 5 tribute; not only my favourite book but a philosophy that was strangely helpful when it came to combatting a struggle with depression.
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? 56 down, 50 to go.