40 Well-Loved Literary Character Tattoos

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Book lovers, unite and get inspired by these great literary character tattoos!

The Dark Tower tattoo by Nate Bjork
The Dark Tower tattoo by Nate Bjork

Anybody who has ever read a good book is familiar with the feeling of being in love with life, torn beyond consolation, lost in another dimension, and having the fury of seven hells in one sitting. Some people will never get why should anyone spend a couple days reading something they can watch in an hour. Sure, movies are pretty cool because you get something more concrete from the series you loved and you get to see the characters actually come to life.

With books, you get to have a more profound perspective of what the characters are thinking at a certain moment or how they feel about things at some points. It's more intimate to get in the head of Harry as he finds out the real motives  of Severus Snape or what's going on in Winterfell when half of the Starks are at King's Landing. It's things like that that urges us to keep turning the pages and find out how it ends—no matter how tragic or beautiful the ending may be.

We're happy to see these tattoo-loving literary fans immortalise their favourite characters and keep the memory alive with them for life.

Clockwork Orange tattoo by Rhys Phillips
Clockwork Orange tattoo by Rhys Phillips

An intense, explosive piece of literature that will surely mess you up for an hour or so.

Clockwork Orange tattoo by Emi Wayne
Clockwork Orange tattoo by Emi Wayne

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“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Lorax tattoo by Sarah K
Lorax tattoo by Sarah K
Lorax tattoo by Franklin Lewis
Lorax tattoo by Franklin Lewis
Dr Seuss tattoo by Alison Reber
Dr Seuss tattoo by Alison Reber
Lorax tattoo by Kelly McGrath
Lorax tattoo by Kelly McGrath

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Romeo and Juliet tattoo by @giarose
Romeo and Juliet tattoo by @giarose

One of the most classic, tragic love stories of all time.

Juliet tattoo by El Tomtom
Juliet tattoo by El Tomtom

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The Little Prince tattoo by @misabocek
The Little Prince tattoo by @misabocek

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Little Prince tattoo by John Embry at Studio 14 in Bowling Green, OH.
Little Prince tattoo by John Embry at Studio 14 in Bowling Green, OH.

“You're beautiful, but you're empty. No one could die for you.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

White Walker tattoo by Domantas Parvainis
White Walker tattoo by Domantas Parvainis

“In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds.” ―George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Jon Snow and Ygritte by Kayley South
Jon Snow and Ygritte by Kayley South

“You know nothing, Jon Snow.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

Aslan tattoo by Lisa Orth
Aslan tattoo by Lisa Orth

“Courage, dear heart.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Lemony Snicket's Violet tattoo by Chris Primm
Lemony Snicket's Violet tattoo by Chris Primm

“...Those who knew her well knew that when she tied her hair up in a ribbon to keep it out of her eyes, it meant that the gears and levers of her inventing brain were whirring at top speed.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Luna Lovegood tattoo by Earth Grasper
Luna Lovegood tattoo by Earth Grasper

“Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hermoine tattoo by Earth Grasper
Hermoine tattoo by Earth Grasper
Hermoine tattoo by Dani Green
Hermoine tattoo by Dani Green

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled.” — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Matilda tattoo, artist unknown.
Matilda tattoo, artist unknown.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable...” ― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Holden Caufield tattoo by Steven Anderson
Holden Caufield tattoo by Steven Anderson
Holden Caufield tattoo via knyttneve Tumblr
Holden Caufield tattoo via knyttneve Tumblr

“I don’t know exactly what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

—  J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Jon Snow tattoo by Chris Hatch
Jon Snow tattoo by Chris Hatch

Our favourite bastard, Jon Snow.

Thranduil from Hobbit, Sarah
Thranduil from Hobbit, Sarah

There's more Peter Pan tattoos here and here!

Behind the ear Mary Poppins tattoo, artist unknown.
Behind the ear Mary Poppins tattoo, artist unknown.
Max of Wild Things by Philly Bell
Max of Wild Things by Philly Bell

“Let the wild rumpus start!” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Huckleberry Finn tattoo by Naomi Welch
Huckleberry Finn tattoo by Naomi Welch
Daenerys Targaryen tattoo by Idexa Stern
Daenerys Targaryen tattoo by Idexa Stern

“I am the blood of the dragon.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

The Great Gatsby tattoo by by W. T. Norbert
The Great Gatsby tattoo by by W. T. Norbert
Animal Farm tattoo by Oliver White
Animal Farm tattoo by Oliver White

Check out Hannah Snow-Sykes's Animal Farm tattoo!

Don Quixote tattoo by Done by Scott Versago at Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio
Don Quixote tattoo by Done by Scott Versago at Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio
Fantastic Mr. Fox tattoo by by Colin McClain
Fantastic Mr. Fox tattoo by by Colin McClain
James Bond tattoo done at Pino Bros Ink
James Bond tattoo done at Pino Bros Ink

Not a lot of people know James Bon started out as a novel by a secret agent-turned-novelist Ian Fleming!

Alice in Wonderland tattoo by by Rocky Zéro
Alice in Wonderland tattoo by by Rocky Zéro

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Three of my favourite classics:

Sherlock Holmes tattoo by Joel Thompson
Sherlock Holmes tattoo by Joel Thompson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tattoos by Daniel Formentin
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tattoos by Daniel Formentin
Dorian Gray tattoo by Matteo Pasqualin
Dorian Gray tattoo by Matteo Pasqualin

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Clockwork Orange tattoo by oliverhillier
Clockwork Orange tattoo by oliverhillier

“But what I do I do because I like to do.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Cat in the Hat tattoo by Amy Pate
Cat in the Hat tattoo by Amy Pate

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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