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New Year, New Ink: 16 Must-Have Literary Tattoos

In Book Lovers, Human Interest, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Lewis Carroll, Lists, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein by Luz Moreno

Raise your hand if you ever searched online for home decoration ideas or a different style of clothes. Yes, that is my hand– it is visible from a thirty-mile radius, I know. We are all aware that having references makes the decision-making process a whole lot easier. When it comes to decorating one’s body with permanent ink, however, one has to pay extra close attention to which designs they want to go for.

Perhaps a couple of these might bring some inspiration for your next (or first!) literary tattoo.

 

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Whale and Petunias

Whether it is a mostly harmless ’42’ or a quote extracted from the moment where Ford was turning into a penguin, this specific design is bound to be a great conversation starter with a fellow fan in Towel Day.

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2. Voodoo Girl Illustration

Tim Burton wrote and illustrated a short, bittersweet book of poems titled The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. One of the poems is called Voodoo Girl, and I must say: it does manage to strike a depressingly beautiful chord the more one thinks about it.

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3. The Little Prince On Asteroid B216

The general consensus: The Little Prince by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry stays in one’s heart– and now on one’s skin– for the long run.

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4. Matilda Illustration

Matilda is one of the most beloved bookworms in the literary world. If Roald Dahl’s novel has a special place in your childhood and in your present life, this might be a direction you’d be interested in taking for a tattoo design.

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5. The Sandman Symbols

Among his many novels, Neil Gaiman is also the author of a comic book series published by DC Comics, The Sandman. If you are a hardcore fan of Gaiman’s work, or specifically of The Sandman, here is colorful reference (and a thumbs up on my behalf).

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6. Of Mice and Men George and Lennie’s Silhouettes

“Tell me about the rabbits, George.”

[proceed to cry hysterically]
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7. Peter Pan Thimble and Kiss

For the romantic bookworm that isn’t too fond of wedding bands or promise rings, but still wants to be reminded of their significant other.

8. Alice Actively Pursuing the White Rabbit

I don’t know about you, but that tattoo inspires me to go running. I mean, not while wearing a dress or an apron, but it may serve as a reminder to live a more active life while simultaneously giving a respectful nod in Lewis Carroll’s direction.

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9. A Series of Unfortunate Events V.F.D. Symbol

Ah, the thing that later begins to represent more than the despicable Count Olaf. This one is typically placed on one’s ankle, if one wants to go the traditional route, but it could definitely be on any other part of one’s body and look just as fantastic.

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10. James and the Giant Peach Chaotic Scene

What I personally liked about this tattoo is the way that it is not just lying flat on one’s skin, but rather looks as though it is full of life and constant motion.

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11. Deathly Hallows Symbol

C’mon, did you think I forgot about my fellow Potterheads?

There were several options for a Deathly Hallows representation (by several I mean pages and pages’ worth of tattoos), but this one is simple, direct, and somehow elegant.

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12. A Map of the Middle Earth

One ring to rule them all…or one tattoo to rule them all, alternatively. I can imagine someone on the beach staring at the back of whoever gets this design just to catch all the insane details.

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13. Game of Thrones Crest

Confession: I have not seen the show, and I have not read the novels. Aside from the spoilers that my friends and family have eagerly provided, I am otherwise ignorant about this entire saga. However, I thought it would be fair to include something that would perhaps make a few fans happy. Yes? No? You tell me.

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14. Where the Sidewalk Ends Illustration

Shel Silverstein is a master of whimsical literature for young readers. It only makes sense to match a whimsical writer with a whimsical tattoo.

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15. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza’s Silhouette

A classic tale about one man’s gallant (yet slightly insane) quest to prove his love to a gorgeous maiden, among other events. In a world where windmills are giants, bookworms with a preference for Spanish novels can find inspiration right here.

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16. Fight Club Final Scene

Alright, this is the movie’s ending as opposed to the book’s ending. However, when the writer himself (Chuck Palahniuk) comments he liked the movie adaptation’s ending better than the one he wrote for the novel, a bookworm can make an exception.

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