I recently came across a very unusual site devoted to literary tattoos. The idea being that if you love a certain poem, or passage of a novel, or story or whatever, you might have it tattooed onto your body.
Here are some examples from http://www.contrariwise.org.
1. The complete Sharon Olds poem, “I Go Back to May 1937″:
2. A simple alphabet adorns a librarian’s arm:
3. Someone was so keen on T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” that they had a few lines put on their back:
4. And that same poem inspires another tattooee:
5. Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips”
So what would I have tattooed on myself if I had to choose a few lines of poetry? It didn’t take me long to decide. It would have to be from Alan Ginsberg’s “America”:
My mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.
I rushed into Hindley Street today, New Year’s Eve (after spending a few hours in the gym, “getting ripped”), and managed to have it done at “Tattoo You”:
What would your literary tattoo be?