Emily emailed me her awesome tattoo a few weeks ago. Â She described it as follows:
Several quotes including Emily Dickinson, Alfred (Lord) Tennyson, Jack Kerouac, Carl Sagan, covering topics such as love, science, education, imagination, strength, and passionate people. Tattoo was done by Ivy Gowen at Metamorphosis in Winnipeg, MB (Canada). Â Fonts used are Travelling Typewriter and Veteran Typewriter with the artist’s own ink splatterings added :)
It’s not every day someone emails me a whole text sleeve tattoo, so I wrote back for more details! Â I’ve included some of the excerpts below, and you can read more about the tattoo on her blog.
The first excerpt across my shoulder is fromÂ Ulysses, and talks of the evanescence of the strength of youth, but also of the immortality of the strength of heart and will:
â€œThough much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.â€
Around the corner, across the top of my arm, is an excerpt from Jack Kerouacâ€™sÂ On the Road:
â€œThe only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.â€
Beneath, by Emily Dickinson, is one of my favourite quotes about love. Not an everyday kind of love, but a love that burns brighter than any dream imaginableâ€¦ a love that transcends words, life, time and death:
â€œThat I shallÂ loveÂ always, IÂ argue theeÂ thatÂ loveÂ isÂ life, andÂ lifeÂ hath immortality.â€
After this, I had two terribly sciencey quotes added, along with a brilliant splattering of ink across much of what had already been done.
â€œSomewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,â€Â (Carl Sagan), andÂ â€œad astra per asperaâ€Â (through adversity to the starsâ€¦ I believe at one point, this was used by NASA).
I have a few strands of text still to go, a couple of stray words and one full-size quote (below), and then, for now, Iâ€™ll be finished! The thing I love about this isnâ€™t just the immortality of so many sentiments that mean so much to me, but also that as I grow and evolve, so too can this.
â€œAs I see it, life is an effort to grip before they slip through oneâ€™s fingers and slide into oblivion, the startling, the ghastly, or the blindingly exquisite fish of the imagination before they whip away on the endless current and are lost forever in oblivionâ€™s black ocean.â€
Love, science, imagination, language, strength and stars now walk with me through life, and IÂ couldn’tÂ be happier with how itâ€™s taking shape.