Hitchhiker

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Katie’s tattoo.

This is my tattoo from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It is the first line of the first book.

The line breaks are the way they are because I wanted it to visually match the first edition UK printing of the paperback. So I tweeted at author Neil Gaiman, requesting that he retweet my request for a picture of the correct page from that edition. He DID! And I got LOTS of responses! One man sent me an image of the relevant page (and the copyright page, to confirm it was the correct edition), so I was able to exactly match the line breaks of the first line of the first page. Although the font is not the same (the first page is in italics), the font is Baskerville, which is the same font as the rest of the book.

I’m proud as hell of my tattoo! HHGTTG is the most important work of literature to me, and Neil effing Gaiman helped me acquire it! (you also get a shot of my fluffy dog there in the back.) Thanks!

Don’t Panic

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Thom’s.

I chose to get these words inked on me because  I am a musician who suffers from stage fright. I used to spend an hour before a show holed up inthe corner of a venue having panick attacks. As my band became more popular I realized I had to be more approachable and, you know, talk to people.  Its a subtle reminder that I’m going to be fine on stage, and that if something goes wrong its not the end of the world… even if it’s the end of the world :)

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Felicia‘s.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Michael Krenzer’s.

 I was taking an introductory Arabic course at the time, and the tattoo quickly became one of the most important things to remember. In addition, it’s very good life advice.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Kenzie’s.

 It reminds me that no one needs to know what the meaning of life is or why we’re here. It’s really not important. And, of course, to not panic.

They were done by Ricky, at Jack of Hearts in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

 

“In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.”

- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Meaning of Life

These people know the meaning of life.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Jocelyn’s.

I usually tell [people who ask about my tattoo] that the number itself is arbitrary. It stands in for what you find meaningful in your life. It is the answer to an infinite number of questions and you must find your own meaning – there is no “one answer” to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Justin’s.

The universe is inherently flawed and we are better off for it.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Dani Rage’s.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is sadmarvin‘s.

 

“The Answer to the  Great  Question…”
“Yes …!”
“Of Life, the Universe and Everything …” said Deep Thought.
“Yes …!”
“Is …” said Deep Thought, and paused.
“Yes …!”
“Is …”
“Yes …!!!…?”
“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

don’t panic

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Erika’s tattoo:

It’s from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of my favorite book series of all time.  I got it as part of 8bitlibrary‘s Project Brand Yourself a Librarian at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  I got it at Fatty’s Custom Tattooz in Dupont Circle and it was hands down the best tattoo experience I’ve had.

XLII

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Olivia’s tattoo.

It’s forty-two in roman numerals (they looked prettier). If you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’ll get it. If not, its the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything.

I love when people ask me what my tattoo is because I just get to be a big geek and say, oh you, know just the answer to life, and giggle to myself at their inability to understand.

“For instance, a race of hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings once built themselves a gigantic supercomputer called Deep Thought to calculate once and for all the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

For seven and a half million years, Deep Thought computed and calculated, and in the end announced that the answer was in fact Forty-two — and so another, even bigger, computer had to be built to find out what the actual question was.”

Don’t Panic

Submitted by Neal:

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

You’ll have to click on this one for the full size.

It’s a pull from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyLiterary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams . The number 42 is obvious for anyone who has read the book as being the answer to life, the universe and everything. The “don’t panic” on either side of the number 42 is also from the book, wherein Douglas Adam’s claims on the front of the actual Hitchhikers Guide (the one in the book not the book itself) it reads “Don’t Panic” in very friendly letters.