Gatsby believed in the green light

Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is Starr’s tattoo from the last lines of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The Great Gatsby

Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is Craig R.’s tattoo:

It’s a piece inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and it has a very large significance to me.

I read Gatsby in AP English last year and the book really inspired me. My teacher always challenged us to figure out what Fitzgerald, through Nick Carraway, was trying to say when he stops his thought of “And one fine morning–”. The quote that stood out to me was the final words of the novel, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” It really stuck when my teacher passed away unexpectedly in March. We really are just boats against the current always going back to the past.

My piece features the final quote entwined with Gatsby’s iconic cover–the face of Daisy Buchanan, complete with the green teardrop and the reclining nudes in the eyes. My tattoo artist and I took some artistic liberties with the rouge and the colors are a bit freer than the book cover, but artistically, it’s almost identical. He came up with the idea that we could put the words in the hair, and I was immediately on board. It was an hour and a half and probably is my favorite of my two tattoos.

If I ever expand on it I’ll probably add the “And one fine morning–” quote and possibly make a reference somewhere to the green light so prevalent in the novel.

The Great Gatsby

This is Sam’s tattoo.

The tattoo is part one of a three part series I plan on getting- the last lines from my three favorite books. Not only is the last line of The Great Gatsby intriguing, it also embodies the entire message and journey of the book- that is, Gatsby’s regression into the past as he continues to live into the future. I got my tattoo at Route 66 Ink in Portland, Connecticut.

Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

- Last line in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

integrity

Literary Tattoos: The Great Gatsby Single Words F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is Dominick’s tattoo.

Simply the word “integrity.” I wanted it to be phonetically spelled because of my extreme passion for words.

In college when I learned or came along new words, it excited me to look them up. The word “integrity” comes from my interpretation in a line from “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, my favorite author. Nick Carraway is making an assessment of himself as a man in chapter 3. He thinks:

“Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”

That quote in the book stands out for me every time i read it. Fitzgerald once said, “You can stroke people with words.” I believe it.