Permanent Ink: Literary Tattoos

By | December 23, 2013

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To show their literary appreciation, some fans stage readings of beloved works, pen novels inspired by their literary forefathers, or even borrow the voice of favorite characters for their own stories. Some, as seen below, take it to the next level with lit-inspired tattoos inked permanently on their skin.






From Shel Silverstein’s famous jacket art for “Where the Sidewalk Ends” (courtesy of TheChive), to the “peach” of a quote from TS Eliot, to Charles Bukowski’s famous “run with the hunted,” literary tattoos are a breed apart from the more aesthetically driven tribal arm bands, yin and yangs, or the ever-popular Taz riding a unicorn.

See more book-themed ink at, a whole site dedicated to art of literary body art.

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