You get a lifetime.

Literary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman

This belongs to Kelly Cruttenden.

This tattoo was inspired by a quote by Death in Volume 7 of Neil Gaiman’s The SandmanLiterary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman .

“But I did okay, didn’t I? I mean I got, what, fifteen thousand years. That’s pretty good. Isn’t it? I lived a pretty long time.” – Bernie

“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.” – Death

I love the simplicity of it… our time here is not for us to determine or to control. We all get the same thing—we all get a lifetime.

Good Omens

This is Joni’s new tattoo:

It’s a quote from the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett book Good Omens and it’s from the Dramatis Personae portion where Crowley is being described.  I decided on the quote because it made me smile, and maybe felt like it described me a little bit too.  The font is good old Courier – I wanted something that would look like it was lifted from the book.

Literary Tattoos: Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman Good Omens

“An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” 

- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

i am hope

This tattoo belongs to Mark Lidstone.

Literary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman A Hope in Hell

“I am anti-life, the Beast of Judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds … of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?”

“I am Hope.”
- Choronzon and Dream, playing “the oldest game”, in Sandman #4: “A Hope in Hell” by Neil Gaiman

Fear of Falling

Literary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman

This tattoo belongs to Sorbetera.

This is a quote from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, from the story “Fear of Falling”.  I got this tattoo because I wanted to put something on my body that reflects my resolve in life. It’s a bit long and I could have just cut the phrase but I decided against it. I wanted to include the whole message of the quote for it to deliver its intended impact. I chose this font because I treat my body like a book. If I’m going to put words on my body, I want people to be able to read it and understand it.

tempus frangit

Literary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman

This is Will’s tattoo:

This was my first tattoo, though I’ve been thinking about it for … well, a long time. The phrase comes from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series, from Delirium’s sundial and means “time is broken.” For me, it was always a play on having no sense of time, but realizing that memories are persistent beyond any real sense of time. I can remember what happened ten years ago better than I can what I did for lunch yesterday. I think most people are like that. Having it just above where most people wear a watch is just part of the joke.

It always ends.

I know, I know.  Regular updates will be back soon.  For now, an ominous tattoo for everyone to read too much into.

Literary Tattoos: The High Cost of Living Neil Gaiman

Ron’s tattoo is from Neil Gaiman’s Death: The High Cost of Living.  This is Ron’s story:

I broke up with my ex girlfriend in 2007; she was my high school crush (I’ve known her for 10 years, dated solid the last 5), we never stopped talking and kept trying to ‘make it work’.  Last October 2008 she ended up pregnant.  I stuck by her, did everything I could for the pregnancy, changed my schedule so I could be there for every appointment, went to all the classes; et al.  In May she brought it to my attention, I may not be the father-  I didn’t freak out, I kept going to every class, and appointment, because what would be worse?  Going to the appointments and the baby not being mine, or being mine and I missed all the appointments out of anger?  Lucas Grey was born on 07/08/09, at 10p and I instantly fell in love with him (despite never wanting children).

I stayed at her home, did the midnight changings, put him to sleep, pacified him when he cried.  I was daddy and it really felt good.  On 7/18 I got the test results that he is not mine.  I left and I’ve been entirely devastated ever since.  Buried myself in my work, was drinking a lot, and became a good shut in.  I got this quote for several reasons.  First, When he used to sleep, he would sleep under my left arm, nuzzled onto my chest, secondly its my reminder that its better for both of them without me there, staying only for the selfishness of wanting to be around him.  They are both better without me, and my animosity towards her.  Third, Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, and High Cost of Living is what really introduced me to him, I was a huge Tori Amos fan and I bought the book only to read her forward of the book.  It is also a true quote in every single aspect of life; everything ends, for something new.