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26 Literary Tattoos That Are Borderline Genius

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to send us their book-inspired tattoos. Here are the incredible results.


In The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, there’s a passage about sitting under a fig tree and seeing each fig as a different possibility for the future and starving to death because “I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest.” I’ve never related to a passage in literature as much as that one.



I read Looking for Alaska while recovering from my eating disorder. I was at the lowest place in my life and was desperately looking for something. This line helped me realize that we are in far more control than we think. It helped save me from myself.



A bright, powerful spell in Stephen King and Peter Straub’s Black House, "d'yamba" is such a simple word, but that green feels like it has its own inner light, and reminds me daily that there are bright, powerful, and wondrous things in the world.



I have the invisible child from Tove Jansson's short story with the same name. Having grown up with Tales From Moominvalley, it was just a matter of time before I chose to immortalize my childhood memories.



My favorite Shakespearean quote, from The Tempest. Even though in the play it has a slightly different context, I’ve always loved the idea that everything you’ve done makes up who you are, but it’s only the start; what’s yet to come is the real story.



My entire right arm is Gatsby-themed, but this was the first piece of it to be completed. The most lousy broad in all literature, Daisy Buchanan (done by James Hall at Shaman Tattoo in Austin).


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