In a short blurb? We talk books.
Thanks to this recent post by Amanda Rudd, I am now slightly obsessed with the idea of literary tattoos. So I began stalking The Word Made Flesh and am in love! Some people went with images, many from Where the Wild Things Are, some Alice in Wonderland, a few Chuck Palahniuk… Others went with their favorite quotes, which I adore. Here’s some of the first few I came upon, but there’s a wealth more on the site and in their book of the same name.
So, of course I got to thinking… on my next drunken night, when I finally find an open tattoo parlor at 2am, what will I get a tattoo of? I’m torn. Do I go with my favorite novel and ink in some meaningful quote from Fahrenheit 451? I also think I’d love a “Do I dare disturb the universe?” penned on my forearm, from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” If I was feeling a little existentialist, I’d do a “Nothing to be done.” underneath a dead tree — “Waiting for Godot” style. If I was feeling particularly absurdist, I’d probably go with “I love you and everything is beautiful.” (From “Jet of Blood”… honestly the strangest play I’ve ever read, though people would probably read it and think I was being cutesy and idealistic.)
In any case, I am totally intrigued by the realization that this may be the only tattoo that I wouldn’t regret. Amanda, let me know when you decide what to go with. Everyone else… what quote/image/book do you love enough that you’d ink it permanently on your skin?