Anybody who knows me also knows my love of books. I am an avid reader and recently made the leap to ebooks when I got an iPad. This has been a tough transition for me because it means I have to forego browsing the shelves of my local bookstore, I lose the pleasure of skimming new titles, and no longer know the joy of the impulse purchase. I know this can all be done on my iPad but somehow looking at books on a computer screen isn’t as visceral as running your fingers through the pages of a book.
With that said, I ran across this book that expresses the written word through body art. I love books and while there are certain books and authors I return to time and time again I don’t have a literary tattoo; but I am intrigued by the idea. One of my favorite literary quotations is “Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that what have you had? Live, live!”, by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita In Tehran. Though I don’t think I’ll get this tattooed on me anytime soon I can understand the desire to create a permanent reminder of something that embodies your personal belief system.
This leads me to wonder how authors feel about their words inspiring an enduring homage of sorts. How would you feel if someone immortalized your words on their body? What literary image or quotation speaks to you? Do you have a tattoo (literary or not) that holds a special meaning for you?
I’m attaching some of the photos of body art that I came across in my search, more photos and information can be found here.
This is an image from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. “The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo.”