One must imagine Sisyphus happy

This belongs to Alessandra.

I had this done on my twentieth birthday, as a reminder that the expectations of others should not (and will not) determine whether or not I am happy in/with my life.

Literary Tattoos: The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus

“Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

- The last lines in the essay The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus


This tattoo belongs to Presidentjamie.

The tattoo represents the two weeks in my life in 2010, in which both grandparents died, and my mother left, whom I haven’t seen since. It also represents the intense feeling of absurdity I feel in work situations… like it’s all one big funny game played by people who take it all far too seriously. The quote represents me perfectly.

Literary Tattoos: Albert Camus

“At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.”

- Albert Camus