I wake to see the world go wild.

This is Kevin Cifone’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: An Eastern Ballad Allen Ginsberg

I speak of love that comes to mind:
The moon is faithful, although blind;
She moves in thought she cannot speak.
Perfect care has made her bleak.

I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild.

- “An Eastern Ballad” by Allen Ginsberg

Rockland

This is Ashley Weidner’s tattoo.

I spent hours with printouts of Ginsberg’s handwriting to try and re-create it as best I can, to come up with this, my most memorable refrain from HOWL.

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg

I’m with you in Rockland
where you laugh at this invisible humor
I’m with you in Rockland
where we are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter
I’m with you in Rockland
where your condition has become serious and is reported on the radio
I’m with you in Rockland
where the faculties of the skull no longer admit the worms of the senses

- Excerpt from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl(full text)

ecstatic and insatiate

This is Leyna’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg

It’s from Part I of “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg.  The entire stanza reads:

who copulated ecstatic and insatiate with a bottle of

beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a candle and fell off the bed, and continued along
the floor and down the hall and ended fainting
on the wall with a vision of ultimate cunt and

come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness,

Leyna says:

… I thought better of tattooing that much obscenity on me. “Ecstatic and insatiate” seem to capture Ginsberg’s own vision of New York City, as well as the sentiment I feel as I begin my sixth (!) year living in Manhattan or an outter burough. I’m a huge fan of the beats and love having a piece of Ginsberg’s work.

Done by Derik @ Hand of Glory in Brooklyn

Allen Ginsberg

Submitted by Doc Luben:

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg

I’m with you in Rockland
where you laugh at this invisible humor
I’m with you in Rockland
where we are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter
I’m with you in Rockland
where your condition has become serious and is reported on the radio
I’m with you in Rockland
where the faculties of the skull no longer admit the worms of the senses

- Excerpt from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (full text)

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg

Literary Tattoos: Howl Allen Ginsberg