too weird to live, too rare to die

Literary Tattoos: Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This belongs to Sophie-Mae Brown from York, England.

My tattoo is a quote from Fear and Loathing in Las VegasLiterary Tattoos: Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson. It says “Too weird to live, Too rare to die“.

The reason I got this tattoo is because I aspire to be an author and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” has been a great influence.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This belongs to Zille from Denmark.

I watched the movie for the first time when I was about 11 years old. I was completely baffled, yet strangely drawn to Thompson’s weird universe. I re-watched the movie several times during the following years and it was always one of my favorites. Then, a couple of years ago, I read the book for the first time, and I’ve never laughed so hard. Then when I went to NYC with a couple of friends in February, we decided to all get tattoos. The first thing that came to mind was to get a quote from the book. I looked around in it for a while, and a lot of great quotes stood out. Most of them were overused though. When I found this one, however, there was no doubt in my mind. To me, it just captures the entire surreal mood of the story and Thompson’s subtle and outrageous humor. I’ve loved it from the second I saw it on my arm.

It was done by Carlos at Rising Dragon Tattoo in NYC.

Literary Tattoos: Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.”

- Hunter. S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Selah

Literary Tattoos: Single Words Hunter S. Thompson

This is Kristen’s Hunter Thompson tattoo.

Selah‘ has been described as Hunter’s version of Vonnegut’s ‘so it goes‘. In reading all of Hunter’s works the term ‘Selah’ always stood out to me as a beautiful way to sum up a lot of the terrible realities we all face as Americans and as humans.  The tattoo reminds me to stay positive and know that you may not be able to change all of the problems in the world but you can change your attitude and outlook.  Selah.