I just got this tattoo yesterday and have been working up to getting it since last year. I’ve always loved the penguin and I decided to get it because it symbolises an unpretentious love of reading (to me anyway). It’s on my inner forearm and I’m eventually going to get a quote on the other arm to balance it out.
This is Angela’s tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien.
This belongs to Kathryn.Emily.
I had been debating what to get done as my first tattoo for two years, and recently my dad moved to Australia which seemed like a good incentive to finally decide what to get, just to make sure I have a way of keeping him close by when I miss him (I’ve always been a bit of a daddy’s girl). When I was young, The Lord of the Rings was the last book my dad read to me before saying that I was old enough to read my own stories and since then it has always been an absolute favourite of mine. I was re reading the book this weekend and a Tolkien inspired tat just seemed like the perfect way to go :) I love it lots.
This is Amanda’s.
The first time I read The Lord of the Rings was the summer after my mother passed away, 10 years ago. I have continued to reread LOTR every summer and have two tattoos now that honor the book and the amazing JRR Tolkien.
This is Celia’s tattoo.
When I was growing up, I loved a series of children’s books from Serendipity Press. I still have all them and they still make me happy. They had amazing illustrations and simple morals to the story. The logo for their publishing house was the sea serpent Serendipity, the lead character from one of the very first books. It seemed completely right to add Serendipity to my moral compass tattoo.
This is Nick’s tattoo:
Attached is a photograph of my own V.F.D. tattoo, located on the inside of my left ankle, from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s different from most you’ll see in that it’s based on Bret Helquist‘s drawing in the ninth book, The Carnivorous Carnival. I chose this design over the other one because it was more obviously an eye, and less obviously the letters V.F.D.
I’m sure there will be much debate over whether or not this should be considered “literary”, but this is Deaf Lexy’s closed caption symbol. She says:
I was born deaf and I got the symbol tattooed because I pretty much learned everything I needed to know in life with the help of closed captions. Plus, it never fails to make people smile.