Written in Ink

Some of us are writers. Many of us are readers. But most of us, at some point in our lives – we, as humans, are inspired by the written word. Sometimes this inspirational written word will be in a magazine… a newspaper clippping… something you have read on the internet… a song lyric… often a book… and if you were like me as a child, you would have been inspired by every book you could get your hands on. Imaginations would run wild, treehuts/castles were created, wars fought, and at at the end of the day, the princess was alive to tell the tale.

from Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Some people even get words that inspired them tattooed on them.

I came across this neat post today by a woman who is inspired by words: A Permanent Relationship With Words: Literary Tattoos and I just had to share it with you all.

It amazes me that as a writer, I could potentially write something one day, that people would want to tattoo on themselves. We all could. It’s a bit of a mind-boggling concept. It makes me wonder how many people have tattooed themselves with Harry Potter quotes or images, or Shakespeare, or Jane Austen, or e.e. cummings. How many teenagers of today will do it with Twilight quotes, or The Hunger Games. I can see it now. Millions of Mockingjay images tattooed around the world, after all… it is now a literary symbol of freedom from suppression for anybody who has read those books.   

from Peterpan, by J.M. Barrie

I like the idea of writing something in permanent ink on myself. There is a Shakespeare quote that I have always loved: What’s past is prologue. Definitely a quote that I can see myself getting one day. I like the fact that I could have it in white ink even more. You wouldn’t see it in Winter on me, but it would show up nicely in Summer. I suppose it would be more like a part-time tattoo.  And if I didn’t want it anymore, I would just have to make sure I didn’t get a tan.

Anyway – have a look at this amazing little tattoo site – The Word Made Flesh. It’s an entire site of literary inspired tattoos. You never know… Some of your words may end up on that site one day. Now how awesome would that be?


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  1. This post is so timely. This week I’ve been researching Dean Koontz quotes for the tattoo I’m getting in a few weeks.


    1. Aw, Breanna, that is awesome. You would not believe how jealous I am right now! I would love to get one as well shortly, but it will just have to wait for the moment. I am quite taken with the whole white text tattoos…


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