Would You Ever Get a Literary Tattoo?

So, tattoos. Today I’m going to be talking about inking your body in honour of your favourite book or author. What do you think? Would you ever get a literary tattoo?

A tattoo is the ultimate body modification – piercings can be taken out and (some) can heal up but tattoos really are forever, unless you want to invest in expensive and painful removal surgery! The idea of a tattoo can seem exciting but, as it is such a permanent thing, it has to be something you’ll never get bored of. Would you be happy to have that quote on your body when you’re eighty five? If not, no tattoo for you!

I have five tattoos but none of them are related to books. One is a bit of a personal mantra (I’m a walking cliche, I know) but the others are all abstract. I’d love a quote from a book tattooed on me but it’s not something I’ll get done now – I’ve had my dabble with body modification so I don’t feel the need to get anything else. Never say never, though, I guess!

Whatever you think about tattoos, I don’t think anyone can deny that there are some stonkingly beautiful tattoos out there that are inspired by books! I’ve picked out a few of my favourites – what do you think?



  1. November 9, 2014 / 9:46 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a subtle tattoo for while, and a literary theme or line from a poem is definitely something I like the sound/look of. We’ll see if I’m brave enough to actually get one done!

    • Carly
      November 10, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      I think poetry tattoos always look lovely, and aren’t likely to date. Ah, you’re definitely brave enough – they’re much less painful than you’d think!

  2. November 9, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    I have my Deathly Hallows one which I love, and I want more. I want the mourning rune from The Mortal Instruments and a quote/line of poetry on the inside of my upper arm but I haven’t decided what yet…

    • Carly
      November 10, 2014 / 9:24 pm

      I love your Deathly Hallows one :). Your planned ones sound great! It’s definitely a bit addictive, isn’t it?x

  3. November 10, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    I don’t think I will ever get a tattoo, but these are beautiful!

    • Carly
      November 10, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      They are lovely, aren’t they? I think the ‘still I rise’ one is my favourite!x

    • April 8, 2017 / 3:59 am

      I want to send you an award for most helpful inreentt writer.

  4. November 11, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    I love the look of some of these but I don’t think I’d ever have a tattoo – I’m a) too much of a wimp and b) too indecisive 🙂

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