It’s history. It’s poetry.

This belongs to Jessie.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.

- The Catcher in the RyeLiterary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger by J.D. Salinger

this goddam phenomenal world

This is Nicky’s tattoo.

I’m such a Salinger geek, this book in particular means a great deal to me. This line in my opnion just sums up Salinger’s writing.

About three months ago I dreamt I got this tattoo done so I decided it was a sign I should go for it; it was done by the hugely talented Ryan at Funhouse Tattoos in Vancouver, Canada. This guy will take on any tattoo (my friend got a tattoo of a Venn diagram at the same time, two perfect circles), the font is so neat and tiny, I’m so happy with it!

(The font is Baskerville.)

Literary Tattoos: J. D. Salinger Franny and Zooey

“You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddam phenomenal world.”

- J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

It’s history. It’s poetry.

This is Karla Bassi‘s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept record of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Franny and Zooey

Amazing update from the submitter:  It was in October 2010 when I wrote the description and submitted it but a couple of months later our paths crossed again and now the girl I called Franny is my wife and Zooey her twin sister and my best friend. Our shared love for literature and that book in particular is what brought us together in the first place hence the tattoo. 

Literary Tattoos: J. D. Salinger Franny and Zooey

This is Elfi’s tattoo:

So my favorite book is JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey and has been for the past 14 years (I was 15 when I read it for the first time). Every time I read the book I see it a different way, and find it amazing. I’ve always wanted a quote from the book as a tattoo, but I was always hesitating on which to get. I’ve decided to get this one done last month after a heartbreak over the loss (friendship breakup) of twin girls who I felt deeply connected with and who were calling themselves Franny and Zooey Glass (that’s how we met). They made a huge impact on my life and will always be part of me, no matter how things ended. So picking the title has that double meaning to me.

It’s history. It’s poetry.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

This tattoo is on Becca:

My tattoo is a quote from The Catcher in the Rye, spoken by Mr. Antolini. I’m not really a huge fan of the book itself, but this quote really sums up how I feel about learning.

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept record of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.

- Excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger