Literary Tattoos: Single Words

This is Kate‘s tattoo.

Just got this today to celebrate my undergraduate degree… I start my English Lit masters in the fall. I wanted to get a tattoo to literally mark the occasion.

I chose [sic], “thus”; in full: sic erat scriptum, “thus it had been written.” I spent a while worrying about font, but finally decided that the only real choice was Times New Roman.


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.


Literary Tattoos: Single Words

This is Edward’s tattoo.

This was my first tattoo. I found a typewriter script online and slightly modified it by hand to get the serifs how I wanted them. It almost looks slightly italicized in the picture, but it’s really just the way I am standing. “the” is the most common word in the English language and that’s what drew me towards it. As an English major I thought this would be a good first tattoo. Also, it was the first word I remember asking my mother how to spell for me. The most common joke I get on it is that I should put “end” next to it. A real knee-slapper. Also, I don’t like when people pronounce it as “thee” rather than “thu” so I might get another tattoo below it to have it spelled out phonetically.


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.