Book Tattoos

Trying to keep content fresh and lively on a blog dedicated to books can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully for my own ass, I’ve recently had a book themed tattoo done, and this seems like a good moment to jump into talking about them.

Tattoos as a social thing have changed dramatically over the last fifty years, and even more so just in the last ten years. With whole new techniques, skill types and ideas breaking out into the tattoo world, where at one point there was simply the option of black ink or traditional designs, you can now have almost anything drawn onto your body, and boy does this work for fandoms.

I’ve found this year incredibly hard, and I know I’m not the only one. It’s been intense in all kinds of ways, both as an individual and as a member of a society thrust into extreme measures during a pandemic. It’s been a tough old time. One of the things that has really helped me is holding onto a few quotes from the book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. You can find my reviews of the books here: book one, book two, book three. Not one to get quotes tattooed, I went for a tattoo that becomes relevant in book three, down my right forearm. In the book it goes down the character’s spine, but with scoliosis, this would end up be squiggly, so I decided arm was better.

While I was having my tattoos done (I actually had two in one sitting), I had some fantastic discussions with my artist about the fact that as a book blogger, I absolutely needed more book tattoos. My first tattoo was a freedom from domestic violence celebration, “powerful woman” written in heiroglyphics, and then here I was five years later getting two more.

Sometimes books leave a special enough mark on you that you want to make that mark permanent. There’s been a few moments over the years from books that are lodged away in my memory, but this year, and these books, and these quotes, have left enough of a mark that I wanted to hold on to it.

“There are good days and hard days for me, even now. Don’t let the hard days win.” – Morrigan, A Court of Mist and Fury
“You do not fail. You do not falter. You do not yield.” – Rhysand, A Court of Wings and Ruin
“Remember you are a wolf, and you cannot be caged.” – Rhysand, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.” NOT TELLING YOU, A Court of Wings and Ruin

I think I need more book related tattoos. I’m grateful to have managed to have both of these done, before any further lockdown, even if I did have a mask on the whole time! I was in the middle of trauma therapy when lockdown started, and having returned to it the same day I had my ink done – it feels like a good sign.

This book series have become my comfort reads, and getting lost in them is something I will do repeatedly… forever.


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