Saturday, March 13, 2010

Written on the Skin - Literary Tattoos

I just stumbled upon Contrariwise a really cool website dedicated to literary tattoos. Tattoos based on books, poems, lyrics and other literary sources. Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree and the phrase "so it goes" from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut seem to be the favorites by far. Readers send in pictures of their literary tattoos along with a story and the passage or phrase that inspired it. The stories are great and I love reading what so inspired or moved someone that they wanted to make it a permanent part of them. If I were to get a literary tattoo, it would be the last line of The Great Gatsby. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." What would you get?


  1. blue blue, her eyes were blue

  2. Love it! Gave away my last copy and just ordered a new one from Amazon. Re-reading is at the top of my summer book list.