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July 28, 2019 7:55 AM   Subscribe

The New York Public Library blog presents the literary tattoos of NYPL staff. Featuring Roald Dahl's Matilda, a photorealistic depiction of Franz Kafka, Patience (or possibly Fortitude) the lion, and more.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious (10 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Also, that is really not how I interpreted Shel Silverstein's poem "The Mustn'ts," which I always took to be about the hypocrisy of grown-ups who pretended that you could be whatever you want to be while training you to limit your ideas about what's acceptable, not about how you really could be whatever you wanted to be.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 8:06 AM on July 28


This is great, thanks for the post. "Words are life" may not be true but that sentiment resonates with me at this moment.
posted by Bella Donna at 8:17 AM on July 28


My partner and I just saw this at breakfast and it instantly made us smile. Thank you for posting.
posted by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 8:20 AM on July 28


"[Kafka] is now joined on my arm by ODB and Robocop to signify the holy trinity of literature, music, and cinema."

I understand this article focusing on the literary portion but we all clearly need to see the entire trinity here!

Anyway, this is great!
posted by DyRE at 8:27 AM on July 28 [3 favorites]


i have multiple literary tattoos, and it was only after the last one that I realized they were all from authors who killed themselves. Oops.
posted by nevercalm at 8:40 AM on July 28 [4 favorites]


Love the card catalog one.
posted by doctornemo at 9:15 AM on July 28 [2 favorites]


These are great!

For further lit-inspired tats, there's Literary Ink on Instagram (although you have to look hard for anything other than Harry Potter!).
posted by Ilira at 9:36 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]


Was expecting at any moment to read that one of these people leads a punk band called "Negative Capability"
posted by thelonius at 11:24 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]


Mallevs Maleficarvm would look super cool on the calves.
posted by clavdivs at 12:14 PM on July 28


I love these! The shield/sword/spear quote is beautiful
posted by not_the_water at 8:10 PM on July 28


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