May 26, 2010

We're all mad here...

Today’s tattoo comes from Rachael…see if you can guess her favorite book of all time :)
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Alice in Wonderland is officially on DVD in July

May 23, 2010

Love Never Fails

Yes, even the Bible is considered literary lol :)

Dana sent this picture of her tattoo:


from 1 Corintihians
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."

May 19, 2010

Never Falter

Today’s tattoo comes with a very touching story:
This was my first tattoo. It reads "I will never falter", lyrics from a song by A Day To Remember. I got this tattoo because it's my reminder to hold my ground and stand up for what I think is right. I also got it for my boyfriend, Ryan, who passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia almost three years ago at the age of 19. Even after all he had to go through, he stayed strong until the very end; and I still admire him for that. I will always love him, and this tattoo gives me the strength to get through the hard times. This is, and always will be, my favorite tattoo :)
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So now you'll know
exactly what it feels like
to be an obstacle in my way
You won't remain

save your breath don't even speak
if you'll speak of change
cause you wont
cut to the chase, spare me the lecture
on what it takes to make a man
cause you're weak, and I'm strong

I will never falter
I'll stand my ground
You're a fake, a worthless coward
your life won't mean anything

*I’m going to assume the author of the email is choosing to remain anonymous since she didn’t leave her name.
Thanks for sending your pics again everyone! You can still (and always) submit, send your pics and story to

May 15, 2010

Ómnia vincit amor

Today's submission from Brittani is the first foreign language literary tattoo to grace the blog. It is a line from Virgil's epic Eclogues


she says: My tattoo is on my collar bone and it is from a line in Eclogues, which is a series of poems by Virgil (Publius Vergilius Marco), a Latin Poet. I'm getting the rest of the quote tattooed on my right hand from my ring finger to another tattoo that says "Love" on my wrist.

Ómnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amori.
Translation: Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.

May 12, 2010


Today’s feature is from Lauren.
When I think of Edgar Allan Poe I usually remember the classic “Raven” or “Annabel Lee”, but Lauren has chosen to be inked with another line from one of Poe’s memorable poems.

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” Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream."

…and while not exactly literary Mallory’s tattoos are still unique enough to gain a feature.

She describes them as:
” music notes that form a star and a heart (cause i wear my heart on my sleeve and music helps me cope/deal with problems in my life)”

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May 11, 2010

Know Thyself

My first Shakespeare! I knew it was coming; Shakespeare and literary tattoos go together like a fat kid and cake.
Brittany’s art has the honor of being the first Willy Shakes here on LT.

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Brit says:
“I was going through a period of some serious soul searching, and while goofing off on the internet I came across this simple quote "know thyself." It really hit a note with me and I did some research on the origin of the message and realized just how important it is to know who you are and to understand that the person you are is ever changing and that is ok. It really helped to get me through some rough times and it still does. It reminds me that I do know myself and allows me to step back from a situation and remember who I am.”

May 8, 2010

Sea Blue

Thank you to everyone who has submitted tattoos so far. I love to see your art and also hear your stories! When I received Krystle's email yesterday I knew she was next on my list to post. Such a great story to her tattoo and she's given me permission to share it with you. Enjoy:

"The man who sang the song my lyric is an amazing british indie guy from Vancouver named Sam Bradley. in case you want to check him out. ;) The song is called Sea Blue. ((definitely, check the link. The song is beautiful!))
My husband left me a year and a half ago and obviously I had a tough time with it at first. Four days after he left I was listening to Sam and heard this song and the moment I heard him sing this line my world changed. It was like a switch flicked inside of my soul (as hokey as that sounds) and I came to a few realizations. The "world's steady population defies that you're the only one." Sooo true, and like that I was completely over my husband. This one line said so much to me. It reminded me that of course there are other men in the world and one day someone great just might fall in love with me again. It also told me that no matter what I was going through in any aspect of my life... I was not the only one. This is a very freeing feeling to know that you are never alone.
I had thought for years about getting a tattoo but I wanted it to be something that nobody else could ever say they have. I needed it to be special and meaningful to me if I was going to have it for the rest of my life. Once I came down from the thrill of self discovery (haha) I just knew that this had to be my tat. So I waited until Sam came to play a concert near me and I asked him personally if it would be okay to use his words as my body art. he was shocked, moved, and flattered, and thankfully not as creeped out as I feared he might be. After asking me if I was sure about the whole thing and had really thought it through he actually asked for me to send him a picture as soon as I had it. Ummm yeah, lol, of course.
There is another reason this tat is so special to me, the placement of it. I chose to have it on the front side of my rib so I could always see it in the mirror looking back at me. I had severe eating disorders for years and have overcome them, but like any girl I still have body issues from time to time. This tat reminds me that I am not the only woman to feel this way and being the type to make others feel better about their bodies, I also remember that I'm just as beautiful as every other woman on earth... no matter what the scale says."

Don't forget to submit your own literary tattoo! send me an email & tell me your story:

May 5, 2010

Only Human

Two for the price of one today!

This tattoo is my own. I've always been a big Jason Mraz fan. My musical love affair with Mraz started way back in 2002 when my ex boyfriend's sister introduced me to "Curbside Prophet"...I've been hooked ever since. I have wanted a wrist tattoo for awhile now & (obviously) I love text tattoos. Jason's lyrics always resonate closely to my heart so I knew my next tattoo would have something to do with his music. There were several lyrics to choose from, but in the end I went with "Only Human" because of the hope it gave me. I know that a lot of people use that saying as an excuse. They say that they are "only human" so mistakes and short comings are inevitable, but that's not how I see it. There are so many amazing and accomplished people on this earth who were "only human" and look at what all they have done. If they can do it, so can I...and so can you!

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Gym Class Heroes

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today's literary tattoo comes to us from Maria.
She says "I just got this done in the beginning of april its the title and first three measures of the gym class heroes song 'don't tell me it's over'."
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May 3, 2010


Hi! My name is Sarah and I’m a tattoo addict. Well, maybe that is a slight overstatement. It’s more like I’m addicted to looking at tattoos. I do have a few myself, that is true, but more than that I love seeing other people’s body art.
It is my belief is that all tattoos are beautiful. Whether you are inked in vibrant primary colors or black and white, butterflies or skulls, body art is something that is to be worn with pride. That being said there are many websites and blogs out on the interwebs that feature various types of tattoos, but sites dedicated solely to literary tattoos are a rare find.
For months I have frequented, the only other completely literary tattoo blog I could find, but I was often left wanting more.
The host of the blog used to update daily, but then it drifted off to weekly, and as of now she has not updated for nearly 2 months.
I found myself in withdrawal, in need of a literary fix, with no where to go.
Where’s Dr. Drew when you need him?
I decided I either needed to enter rehab or to take matters into my own hands….so here I am.
I want to make a vow…to you and to myself…that I will keep this updated.
This will be a place where our literary tattoo addictions can be fulfilled on more than a monthly basis.
My goal is to update every Wednesday and Saturday, and sometimes on the days in between.
All right… that being said, let’s get started!!
As you know I can’t very well get my fix satiated without an array literary tattoos, that is where you come in—Send me your pictures, folks!
So what defines a literary tattoo? Anything based on books, lyrics, movies, poems…etc. That includes illustrations and album cover art as well.  
Do you have a tattoo that qualifies?
Want to be featured on the blog?
Email me your pictures! Quality photos are preferred, but I won’t discriminate.
Send your pics to and check back every Wednesday and Saturday.
Who knows, maybe next week your own body art will be on the front page!
Don’t forget to comment.