6 Literary Tattoos Book Lovers Will Love

10 Literary Tattoos for the Truly Committed Book Lover

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 alla 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 themquite 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 drawingsit’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

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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?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Carliann Rittman
Currently at NYU, probably feverishly reading messy memoirs about musicians.