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29 Breathtaking Tattoos Inspired By Books

Wear your lit love on your sleeve.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us their literary tattoos. Here are some of the stories behind their beautiful, book-inspired ink:

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"My A Clockwork Orange tattoo." Anna Marie

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"From Looking for Alaska by John Green." akobrick

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"When my husband was deployed, my three year old son and I read Where the Wild Things Are every night before bed. It became a part of us, we would recite the book out loud together in random places, like the grocery store. I got a tattoo when my husband came back so that I would never forget the goofy things we did to find joy in every day." Debbie Brice via Facebook

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"My tattoo is from Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion. Many of the metaphors and messages in that book are about not letting others take down your spirit, at almost all costs. The river and the house is one of those metaphors. The Stampers build their house close to the riverbank because they want to, even though everyone says they are crazy to. Instead of allowing the river to carry away their house with the crumbling riverbank, they build supports and attach it with cables. They don’t give in." katiek4ff0829f2

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"My dad was a great lover of Tolkien, and he died in a car crash when I was a kid. This poem was read at his funeral. I got this tattoo as a reminder that the road does indeed go on, and life can still be good even after losing someone you love. Also as a testament of hope, that wherever my dad is now, he is on an amazing journey." conniepetram

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"Mischief managed." kellenc3

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"A quote from Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club." madelaineb481137f7a

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"My Animorphs tattoo. Those books and this character are why I started writing stories of my own when I was a kid." Katelynn Dey via Facebook

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"From The Silent Blade: The Legend of Drizzt. This quote captures and reflects my own struggles to escape the religious dogma and indoctrination I went through as a child. Just as Drizzt found in his heart that all the tenets enforced by his family were not true to his heart, I too found that my environment did not reflect my being within and I had to struggle, alone, against vile thoughts and endless rebuke, to transform and accept that my heart was true and that it mattered not what the world around me thought." hannahp0809

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