Library Shelves Hold Tattoo Design Inspiration
July 06, 2012
Obscure Chinese symbols and Warner Brothers’ cartoon characters have nothing over library shelves when it comes to inspiring tattoos. Books—their words and pictures—have made their way, inked onto the ankles, arms, shoulders, and flanks of America.
In an impressive, yet unscientific Internet search, Publisher's Weekly blogger Gabe Habash discovered the top five books that seem to have inspired the most tattoos.
Habash and friends spent "untold hours" on two Internet websites featuring literary-inspired tattoos: Contrariwise Literary Tattoos and The Word Made Flesh. The research group then cross-checked their findings with the most frequently occurring tattoo images on Google.
5. Fight Club by Chuck Palachniuk.
4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
1. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegutt
From between the covers of these classics, tattoo recipients chose pages of quotes—both succinct and verbose. Most often quoted seems to be Alice in Wonderland with "Who in the world am I?" and "We’re all mad here." But the single most popular quote, according to Habash, seems to be "So it goes," from Slaughterhouse Five.
Then, there’s the graphics, everything from Fight Club’s iconic bar of soap to full mural-style scenes of Max riding on the creatures' shoulders from Where the Wild Things Are. But that's not to ignore all the teapots, Mad Hatters, and Cheshire Cat from Alice or the simple line drawings from The Little Prince.
Looking for some "ink-spiration of your own?" Check out the library.