Jun 23, 2010


Sorry for the delay guys, I’ve been too wrapped up in the World Cup recently to post…
By the way, did you see this amazing goal?!
 < Anyway…back to business Today’s tattoo comes from Alex, who is a huge Paramore fan.
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The tattoo is the title of their song “Let the Flames Begin”

“A memory remains just a tiny spark
I give it all my oxygen
To let the flames begin
So let the flames begin”
Don’t forget you can send me your literary tattoo pics at ANY time!

Jun 16, 2010

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Another first today…and I’m very excited about this one…
Today marks the first in the pictorial/portrait LTs (literary tattoos)!
Karina, from Brazil, sent in this picture for all of us to admire:
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I don’t know if there’s a cute story behind it, but I have a tattoo of Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd!
He’s one of the best actors around and this character is amazing!
He is a man in love and in pain at the same time.
 I guess of all us have a Sweeney Todd inside, and he showed us really well.
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Jun 12, 2010

The Crow

As I've said before, literary is not limited to books alone. Movies, for example, come from written material. And so today's tattoo, submitted from Caitlin, comes to us from the world of film.

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this is my back tattoo, it was inspired by the movie The Crow. The reason I gotthe "It can't rain all the time" is because since the age of 12 (im 18 now) I have grown up without my mom, and through the years I have had other family members die. And like everyone else, I have my times where I feel depressed. So having "It can't rain all the time" is a reminder that things get better, and being sad is normal, and won't last forever. Plus I have always loved crows :D

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Jun 9, 2010

Self Reliance

And now back to the literary tattoos… :)
Dominique shows us her unique quote from a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay:
This is my tattoo of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from his 1841 essay Self Reliance. Emerson is one of my favorite writers and this is my favorite piece by him. This is my motto in life and I'm happy everyday knowing it's on my shoulder with me wherever I go.
   If you haven't read Self Reliance, you can read it here;


"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."

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Jun 5, 2010

Saturday Free For All!

As promised today is a free for all...meaning any tattoo was welcome to be submitted, not just literary. So we got a few great submissions and I can't wait to share! Thanks to everyone, and don't forget you can still submit your literary tattoos anytime to

okay, here we go:

I knew instantly I had to share Catherine's story, especially since I have such a similar one with my best friend.

I got my tattoo July 3rd 2009, a little over 2 years after I had lost my best friend. My tattoo says RIP when I show it to someone, but when I'm looking down my arm at it I see JAT, my best friends initials. I lost my best friend in a drunk driving accident less than 3 miles from our house. He called me at 1:45am Mothers day 2007 (5-13-2007) saying, "Hey! Come meet me at muchos! Lets hang out!"...I hadn't talked to him in almost 6 months. He was going around a VERY sharp s-curve and didn't make the last corner, he went off the side of the road and off of a probably 50 ft drop straight into a tree. The car burst into flames and he died on impact, it was 2:15AM.
I went to work the next day knowing nothing of the events of the night before, it was mothers day and I worked at a retirement home...we had a very busy brunch. My best friend called me and said, "Have you heard about Jeff?" and I told her I was at work and didn't have time to talk...and that what she heard had to have been a lie that I had just talked to him the night before. After 3 other calls I finally got worried. I called the mother of his son and asked her why people were telling me he was dead, all she said was "he is". I lost it. I instantly burst into tears.

I chose to get this tattoo for him because I knew that he would have thought it was 'cool' lol. He had quite a few tattoos himself and was always wanting more. I knew that when I was going to get a tattoo for him that it couldn't be just some plain RIP or wings, it had to mean something to me, and it would have to live up his expectations.
I searched for over a year and a half for something that fit, and nothing meant enough to me. When I came across ambigrams, which means "a typographical creation that presents two or more separate words within the same physical space" (, I knew I had found something special.

The day I got the tattoo I cried, not because it hurt (even though it didn't feel the best lol) but because I knew that for the rest of my life I was going to be able to tell people the story of my amazing best friend and how he touched not only my life but the lives of others.

This memorial tattoo belongs to Tiffany who shared this sweet story about her "Abuelo"-
This is my first tattoo and it means alot to me not only because it was my first but because i got it in memory of my grandfather who passed away from stomach cancer. I chose dominos because it was his favorite game and he always told me that dominos is like life you start the game w/ a double 6 and even tho there isnt any specific way of starting out life you should always try to start out with the right foot and to see your goals as the double 6 domino you lay it down and go for it.

As a makeup artist I definitely loved the feel of Melissa's tattoo, she's also no stranger to being featured on the blog-
t is inspired my my mom's mom, my Meemaw Barbara. She always wore red lipstick. She would never leave the house without makeup on. That's where I get being girly from! Hope you like this tattoo. It is certainly one of my favs! It means so much. My mother says my Meemaw would have loved the tattoo. Which makes me even more happy.

Milli's tattoo is very playful, she says she is "obsessed with cats" and "love[s] tattoos so here's the result of that combination!"

Personally I "Love" Kate's tattoo, while it isn't literary it her Mom! My mom and I have talked about getting similar tattoos in the other's handwriting, so this is way cool!
It's "love" in my mom's handwriting on the back of my neck. This photo was taken right after I got it done on Janurary 9 2009. She is very much alive so it's not a memorial tattoo, it's just to remind me that despite all our problems and how often we fight she still loves me. And she's a pain in my neck :)

and Finally...
The last "Super Saturday" feature comes from Andrea

So I'm another tattoo'd chick. I think it's awesome that more and more women are decorating and expressing ourselves through body art.

The first is a dragon that wraps around my shoulders and across the top of my back. Its part of a back piece that my artist and I are working on .. when complete it'll be a dragon on the top for strength and power and a phoenix below for femininity and beauty coming together in balance. But it's special to me because I've been through a lot in my life and shows me I can still be strong.

The second is a butterfly on my wrist. My older sister and I were very close and when she died, my little sister and I wanted to get something that would sort of bind us together. So we decided on some body art and she picked out the blue butterfly. We've both gone the same one in the same place :)

...okay, just ONE more...
I couldn't resist since it was sent in by my friend Kandace, a registered nurse (RN)...and since I was actually there when she got it.

For those of you unaware this is called a caduceus and is usually considered the symbol for medicine

Again, thank you for all who submitted! I have a few more that weren't used, that I will probably use in the future on the next free for all Saturday!

Jun 2, 2010

Super Saturday!


This Saturday I’m breaking my own rules. Don’t have a literary tattoo, but want your art featured on the blog? Well, here’s your chance. This Saturday only I will be featuring 5 “non-literary” tattoos on the site. So if you want to share your body art with the online community please send in your pictures and stories to


The Sting

CALLING ALL LITERARY TATTOOS! I’m running dangerously low on new content for the blog. Don’t you want to see your fantastic art on the blog?
Want to see your friends or families body art, too? Spread the word!
Put it in a video, tell your roommates, mention it in another blog…whatever you want to do, but I need content! :)
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Speaking of danger…Melissa’s tattoo has a sting:
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“My inspiration was the German rock band The Scorpions. It is the name of their album from 1984 which is also the same year I was born. They are my favorite band ever!”


This Saturday I’m breaking my own rules. Don’t have a literary tattoo, but want your art featured on the blog? Well, here’s your chance. This Saturday only I will be featuring 5 “non-literary” tattoos on the site. So if you want to share your body art with the online community please send in your pictures and stories to



Jun 1, 2010


Meghan sent me this touching story along with her sparrow tattoo:


"when i was about 11 my mom and step dad got married. he was the most loving man.
he had cancer for almost 10 years, he had non hodgkin's lymphoma.
he'd been holding strong for the longest making small goals to achieve like when i started high school, 'i want to see you graduate,'
then my jr year he had 5 heart attacks in one day but still said 'im going to watch you walk across that stage and get your diploma.'
he always told me and my younger sister 'all you need to remember in life is you always need respect and responsibility' i still can hear it...
on nov 19 2009 he passed away.
i decided about a year before he passed to get a tattoo for him i told him i was going to get a tattoo for him its going to say 'respect' ...he loved the thought
me, my best friend amanda, and my mom all went down and got tattoos together ..."

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