Sunday, October 24, 2010

It is not the word made flesh in writing that we want, in fiction and in poetry, but the flesh made word – William Gass

When I was a child tattoos were associated with sailors and bikers but that day is long gone. It seems the masses have tattoos. Not me. I don’t even have pierced ears.

A book was recently published on the subject of literary tattoos. I love the idea of a literary tattoo. I often thought that if I WERE to get a tattoo I would do a feather pen with a few ink drops coming out of the pen.

But an actual quote from a favorite book? Hmmmm…..had to do some many many great lines…but I think it would be this line from The Little Prince.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye."

Of course that could change tomorrow–which is why I’ll never get a tattoo-that-well it hurts doesn't it? And I'm only a couple of years away from sagging skin and those beautifully tattoo words will end up looking like streaked or melting ink.


And what about copyright infringement? LOL – see I’m always thinking – of course if I stuck to Shakespeare like Megan Fox did I wouldn’t have to worry about copyrights.

How about my own writing? Is there a line I would pick from my own tomes (a big LOL) to have sketched into my skin for all time? Yes the first stanza from one of my poems – here it is

God's grace
blankets the earth
in peace
wrapping mankind
in HIS
warm embrace

So what about you? Do you have a tattoo? If so what is it? If not what line or passage would you choose whether from your own writing or someone elses?


  1. No tattoos and no desire for one. As for a quote I'd choose something from Tolstoy or Jane Austin. I do have a tattoo story. We were stationsed at a hospital where addicts were treated. My four year old saw the tattoos in the men and asked what they were. They told him. He said, I'm going to get me a tathree.

  2. Yeah, don't get tats at all. Never have, never will. What happens when they turn 50 and the skin starts sagging??

  3. There is that needle issue ...probably a pooh quote though I would probably change my mnd right after not to mention the sagging issue

  4. That quote from The Little Prince is one of my favorites too. During my mid life crisis , I thought of getting a small rose on my ankle but I didn't.