We’re all mad here.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This belongs to Alice.

Being named Alice, and being blonde with blue eyes earned me the “Alice in Wonderland” nickname all throughout my childhood. I used to hate it, and hate my name. Now that I’ve actually read the story and read the bookLiterary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland , I just fell in love. This reminds me so much of my childhood, and truly reflects my whole view on this time of my life right now. Turned 18 earlier this year, and now moving to Berlin from Portugal to start a new beginning.

We’re all mad here.

This belongs to Niall J in Ireland.

The design was taken from the original illustration in the book. This tattoo means the world to me. it’s a culmination of the last 10 years of my life. Going through so much and coming out the other end; battered, bruised but alive. I’m finally able to live in my own skin and be creative in the way that I want to. express weirdness, flaunt your controlled insanity. that’s what I think anyway :)

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Illustrations Alices Adventures in Wonderland

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

We’re All Mad Here

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is Marc’s tattoo, done in a recreation of Lewis Carroll’s handwriting.

I got this quote because it’s recognizably from the book, it captures the general attitude of the story, and it’s something that I feel carries deeper meaning than just the surface reading. What it says to me is, “There’s no such thing as normal”. We’re all weird in our own ways!

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is purple-tree’s.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This belongs to Amanda.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is Molly’s.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was my favorite book since I was little.  My dad read several of Lewis Carroll’s works to me before I could read, and I enjoyed Alice so much that i chose the poem “Jabberwocky” for oral poetry competitions in elementary.  I attribute my love for literature to my exposure to such a fun and strange world and chose a quote that I thought captured it.  It is tattooed in white ink on my inner, right wrist.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Curiouser and Curiouser

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is Rachel’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is Erica’s tattoo.

Whether we have fallen down a rabbit hole, gone through a looking glass or are simply living our lives, life will always throw us into “curious” situations. I decided on this tattoo to remind myself that is is how we react to these situations and what we make of each that will determine how each of our own adventures turn out. You only live once so why not make the most out of each adventure we go on!

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This is Lauren’s.

I have forever been a complete bookworm, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have been long-time favorites of mine. I’m also a philosophy major (always asking ”Why?”). So I found this to be quite fitting.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

This tattoo belongs to Jessa.

‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); ‘now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!’

- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

explanations take such a dreadful time

This is Sasha’s Alice tattoo.

When it came time to choose my last tattoo, I wanted something that represented my undying love for literature. I was also looking for something a little absurd and maybe whimsical to add to the three things I adored most. This brought me quickly to Alice in Wonderland, as I’ve been a fan of Charles Dodgson since before I knew he had a second name.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’
‘Explain all that,’ said the Mock Turtle.
‘No, no! The adventures first,’ said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: ‘explanations take such a dreadful time.’

- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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This is Bob’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”

- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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This is Kerry’s tattoo:

This quote specifically holds a place in my heart because I think it represents the constant struggle to find yourself, and to hold on to it when you do. I’ve been asking myself this question my whole life and I don’t know if I’ll ever have a full answer.

Literary Tattoos: Theme Weeks Lewis Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland

“Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, THAT’S the great puzzle!”

And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.

- Chapter 2 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.