Eat Your Heart Out, Kat Von D

The Tattoo Chronicles may be a NYT best seller, but the REAL deal is Literary Tattoos, featuring inked librarians and other “Bookworms Worldwide.” They’re more fun than Kat’s tatts because they offers insight into books people are passionate about (one woman’s entire back is covered in the last lines from On the Road, in typescript, with a superimposed portrait of Kerouac at his typewriter).

But our favorite is this tribute to a librarian, by a librarian:

Danielle, a librarian from Indianapolis has the Dewey number for poetry inked on her wrist. Ben Rubinstein Library Marketing Assoc. at Macmillan (where he works with Talia Sherer) sports this line from Margaret Atwood’s poem, Asparagus.

Please, Ben, why did you choose this particular quote? (UPDATE: Ben spills the beans in the comments section!)

See more literary tattoos at The Word Made Flesh web site.

By the way, we think the EarlyWord bird would make a great tattoo.

Just sayin’.


The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Eva Talmadge, Justin Taylor
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial – (2010-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061997404 / 9780061997402

One Response to “Eat Your Heart Out, Kat Von D”

  1. Ben Rubinstein Says:

    Oh my! Usually I insist that the asker buy me dinner before I answer what my tattoos mean! But I’ll do anything for EarlyWord.

    I was having a very rough time emotionally, and I was struggling to find the “right” course of action. Reading that amazing collection (Morning in the Burned House), and specifically that poem, helped me realize that there isn’t always a “right” option, and that sometimes appreciating your circumstances and making the most out of what you have is the best thing to do. Also, that you should always be wary of anyone who says they have all the answers, because there are no “authorities on sane living.”