BAsPC: Literary Tattoos

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Literary Tattoos: If you have one, what’s the story behind it? If you don’t, what would it be if you were ever to get one?


No. That’s my answer to literary tattoos. No. I like tattoos, I have a tattoo, I will be getting more tattoos, but the idea of getting a permanent literary quote, especially a quote, or literary scenario on your body hurts my brain.

There are tattoos I will automatically, and quietly, question why a person would dream of getting something like that as a tattoo. You’re going to come across them. People do make bad decisions, including with getting ink, and there’s even a show about it. They realise what they’ve done when it’s too late.

Personally I feel literary tattoos are like this for me, but I always find it interesting when someone else has one. I don’t automatically question if they were in their right mind at the time. Literary tattoos don’t fall into that category for me, but I do wonder at the thought processes to guide someone to choose it. Of course I’m going to do that with anything because I’m curious about how people work and how they arrive at the decisions they make.

The reason I would not get a literary tattoos is because things change. I’m all about embracing change. I’m aware of the transience of everything and this includes how you feel about the tattoo you have. My current tattoo is a medical alert one and there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. I doubt very much my opinion of my tattoo will change. However, if I get a literary tattoo based on a book I loved at some point in my life, or a quote that resinated with me at some point in my life, how do I know I’m not going to fall out of love with it later on?

There are books I’ve changed my opinion on, quotes I don’t feel as strongly connected to, after a matter of years and to think I could have possibly tattooed something related to it on my body, but wouldn’t care to identify with it at a later date makes me very uncomfortable.


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One thought on “BAsPC: Literary Tattoos

  1. My sisters and I all have Adinkra tattoos and one of them there are four of us and I share a tattoo called the Sankofa, it’s a symbol of remembrance/ of knowing where you came from there are two forms and we have it in both forms (the bird & the heart). It’s a symbol of our cultural heritage coming from West Africa where out ancestors were taken from, and most recently of our people from the Caribbean.

    I got mine after reading the Vampire Huntress Series by LA Banks and doing research into the symbols and it felt right for me at the time. I still love it and I plan on getting more. It has more meaning than the book gives it, and it has resonated with me for years.

    My younger sister just got a Harry Potter quote but it helps keep her grounded and seems to be something that has followed her ever since she heard it. It works for her and she’s thought about it for a few years so it’s not like oh look let me get the actors faces, but an actual quote that matters to her.

    If your opinions change you can cover it of remove it,but I like the physical reminder of where I have been and where I’m now. But that’s just me. Wonderful topic, thanks for sharing with us.


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