Literary tattoos are just perfect, at least in my opinion. I’m a self-described bookworm, and when you read a good book it definitely stays with you. It can change your life and change the way you see things! So if you’re thinking of a new tattoo, why not find some inspiration from your favourite piece of literature? Here is my list of 9 best literary tattoos to give you some inspiration.
1. The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is a modern masterpiece. It’s also a series filled with adventure, lessons of friendship, loyalty, love, and a whole slew of other important things. At the heart of this series is the One Ring, and of all the literary tattoos I’ve come across for this classic, that's one of the most popular. Some fans also choose to get tattoos in Elvish, while others get meaningful quotes. Any of these choices are simple and elegant!
2. Pride and Prejudice
The beautiful thing about literary tattoos is that there is so much inspiration to draw from. You can pick whatever is most important to you, and decide to ink that to your body. I love this Pride and Prejudice tattoo. It’s so simple and wonderful and evokes such beautiful emotions. For anyone who’s seen the movie or read the book, the words ‘Most ardently’ are some of the most meaningful and beautiful words ever said to a lover.
3. Harry Potter
Harry Potter has inspired people the world over to get literary tattoos. In my opinion, that’s how it’s supposed to happen. A story, a book, a verse, anything that means so much to you, that you need to go out and get something inked to your body to pay tribute to it. Harry Potter has saved people’s lives; Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, was one of those people. Whether you choose the Deathly Hallows, a quote, a Golden Snitch, show your love for the series!
4. Peter Pan
Some of the best literary tattoos I find come from the stories that we grew up with. This one of Peter Pan for instance is exactly one of those beautiful childhood stories. As we grow up, we realize how much of an impact a childhood story has on our lives. Peter Pan taught us about love, adventure, and what it’s like to grow up.
5. Alice in Wonderland
Literary tattoos inspired by Alice in Wonderland can be found everywhere. If you have a novel that you love dearly, that means something incredible to you, see if you can find something that’s a little out of the ordinary. With Alice in Wonderland, it could be one of the seemingly nonsensical yet deeply meaningful quotes, or a beautifully rendered version of the already colourful characters.
6. Shel Silverstein Poem
Sometimes we love an author’s body of work, and that’s when it becomes fun. You can find anything from that author and put it on your body. Of all literary tattoos inspired by Shel Silverstein, this is by far one of the coolest I’ve ever seen!
Cinderella is a fairy tale, and a Disney classic. I’m not 100% sure if this quote is just from the film, or if it appeared in the book as well. Regardless it’s one of the most beautiful literary tattoos I’ve seen! I love the beauty and simplicity of the script, and you can add birds or a prancing deer with this quote, whatever your heart desires!
8. Where the Wild Things Are
This tattoo is beautiful. It’s a gorgeous work of art, and one of the most amazing literary tattoos I’ve ever laid eyes on! This kind of work takes a lot of patience and commitment! If it’s important to you though, you might as well go big, or go home. Plus, you’ll be a bit of a walking art museum with something like this tattooed to you!
9. The Hunger Games
This is truly lovely, isn’t it? The Hunger Games is a worldwide sensation, and it’s also incredibly inspiring! Literary tattoos encompass not only a love for the story, but for the message as well. This tattoo is powerful and gorgeous as well, so if you’re looking to start small, here’s a perfect way to do so!
I love tattoos that have a deeper meaning; it’s always such a good story that goes with it! Plus, with so many pages to a novel, there’s a good chance that you’ll pick something unique from the story that no one else will ever have. So what are some of your favourite books? Would you ever get a tattoo inspired by it?