40 Well-Loved Literary Character Tattoos
Book lovers, unite and get inspired by these great literary character tattoos!
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.
An intense, explosive piece of literature that will surely mess you up for an hour or so.
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“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
One of the most classic, tragic love stories of all time.
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“You're beautiful, but you're empty. No one could die for you.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“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
“You know nothing, Jon Snow.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
“Courage, dear heart.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“...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
“Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“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
“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
“I don’t know exactly what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
— J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
Our favourite bastard, Jon Snow.
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Behind-the-ear tattoo, you say?
“Let the wild rumpus start!” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
“I am the blood of the dragon.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
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Not a lot of people know James Bon started out as a novel by a secret agent-turned-novelist Ian Fleming!
“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:
“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“But what I do I do because I like to do.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange