To hell with luck.

Literary Tattoos: The Old Man & The Sea Ernest Hemingway

This tattoo belongs to Tom.

The tattoo is a quote from the end of Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” and a quote that I have always loved. My friend Ryan is a tattoo artist, and when I approached him with the idea of surrounding the quote with a rendering of Hemingway’s beard he understood exactly what I was looking for and knocked it out of the park. Obviously the font is a simple typewriter font.

“To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.”

destroyed but not defeated

Literary Tattoos: The Old Man & The Sea Ernest Hemingway

This is Jarrod’s tattoo.

The quote is from The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It is part of Santiago’s line, “‘But man is not made for defeat,’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated.’” He says that shortly after the first shark attack. I read that story when I was in the 9th grade. That quote always stuck with me, and has more or less been my motto in life ever since. And, considering I’m now a high school English teacher myself, having a tattoo of my favorite quote from my favorite book by my favorite author seemed somewhat appropriate.