It is a magical and familiar feeling to read a sentence in a brilliant book and think, “This is so wonderful, I want it on my skin forever.”
We’ve found some of the best tattoos that convey the feeling coming to fruition in the form of literary-related works of art. They’re sometimes-subtle physical reminders of the way that books and stories mark us, and my favorites are the ones that require a deep knowledge of the book to understand the tattoo at all—a way to bring people together, surely.
It’s fun to recognize that someone else shares your love of a book. And props to these people for the permanence of their commitment to books.
1. Inspired By: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
If you’ve read any of Vonnegut’s novels, you’re familiar with his frequent doodles. This is one of them—quite a popular quote, but this tattoo takes the appreciation of that man’s strange and brilliant mind to the next level.
2. Inspired By: For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
This NYC-based tattoo artist inked someone with the cover of Hemingway‘s novel.
3. Inspired By: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
If you’ve read Atwood’s novel (or seen the show), you know the importance of this quote. Don’t let the bastards get you down.
4. Inspired By: The Little Prince, Antoine Saint Exupery
A simple reminder of a heartwarming childhood classic.
5. Inspired By: The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
On Buzzfeed, the owner of this tattoo explains they got this creative rendering of art from the novel to show their “love of Hannibal and true crime in general.”
6. Inspired By: Jean Cocteau
In a way similar to Vonnegut, Cocteau’s books are filled with his drawings—it’s part of his strange charm. His simple line-based drawings make perfect inspiration for interesting tattoos.
7. Inspired By: Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
This book lover’s Harry Potter inspired tattoo just might take the cake!
8. Inspired By: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, Ronald Dahl and Quentin Blake
What a colorful way to bring back our childhood, amiright? (No really, this is awesome!)
9. Inspired By: The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
10. Inspired By: The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
Okay, yeah, this one is creepy AF. But even you have to admit that this Golum tattoo is really impressive.
Would you ever get a tattoo inspired by a book?
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