One of the best things about tattoos, from traditional to abstract, is that no matter what the style, you can pretty much always count on beautiful imagery. But, while a picture’s worth a thousand words, sometimes words just do it best. Here are some booky beauties that take a cue from some of our favorite stories of all time.
1. The Little Prince: This story brimming with optimism is a perfect opportunity to remind yourself of the power within. We love that this poignant quote is paired with one of the story’s original illustrations. (via @codielyoung)
2. Where the Wild Things Are: The artwork in this childhood classic is and has always been a favorite. A tattoo homage to this book is the optimal way to sate your inner wild thing. (via @yourstrulytattoo)
4. The Lorax: A tattoo commemorating a book dedicated to the preservation of the world’s beauty should, rightfully, be as colorful and vibrant as the pages of this Seuss tale. How creative is this watercolor interpretation? (via @puuurrr)
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: From a very powerful book comes this very powerful quote. The handwritten feel of this tattoo encapsulates how personal the book itself feels — a great feat to capture in body art. (via @kellyvanrita)
6. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Sometimes, all you need is a little reminder that you just need to be brave. We love this courtesy of one component of the Chronicles of Narnia. (via @alaskanamazon)
7. Lolita: The book that inspired tons of college dorm posters is one of the more beautifully written classics, as evidenced by this excerpt. This line is a simplistic ode to any closing of a life chapter. (via @cinderhellaaa)
9. The Catcher in the Rye: In a book where the main character spends a lot of time denoting his experiences (and rocking a flannel hat like no other), this brief line is definitely a standout. (via @bibliogony)
10. “Paralytic”: It’s arguable that no one has ever strung words together to spin anything quite as lovely as Sylvia Plath. Let that love of poetry shine with a line from one of her most popular poems. (via @jenablolia)
Do you have any literary tattoos? Hashtag #britstagram on Instagram to show us!