Tattoos are a form of self-expression. They are ways of identifying yourself. They help you express how you are feeling and make important marks for things that mean a lot to you. In a world where trends come and go in the blink of an eye, there is something poetic about the permanence of a tattoo. People love to dedicate a space on their skin to represent something which they love so it should come as no surprise that many have chosen to adorn their bodies with art which celebrates their love for literature. Whether it’s a pile of books, a character, or a quotation, there are thousands of book tattoos out there. If you’re ready to take that next step with proclaiming your love for books, check out these beautiful literary tattoos.

These book tattoos are the perfect way to wear your love for literature

There’s no wonder that book inspired tattoos are so popular because literature brings a lot of inspiration to many people’s lives. Books can teach you great lessons of life, make you dream or laugh, or can give you new ways to achieve one thing. They are like a magic carpet that carries your imagination to the ends of the universe or the beginning of time—or to it’s end, for that matter. Some people love books so much they re-read them. Other people love them so much they get permanently inked with tattoos in homage to them. We made a selection with the most beautiful book inspired tattoos that we’ve found out there. From traditional designs to new school ink styles, each holds an interesting meaning and story.


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Breathtaking tattoos inspired by famous book characters

The things we read in the books we love often stay with us for a long time, but for some, they stay forever — literally.  Tattoos inspired by books are a beautiful way of keeping your favorite literary characters alive even after we’ve turned the last page.  What better way to show off your love for your favorite characters from literature than to ink them permanently on the canvas of your skin?

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#Alice In Wonderland

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#The Little Prince Tattoo

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#The Old Man and the Sea

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#Crime and Punishment by Dostoievski

#Faust by Goethe

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#The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman

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#Bluebird Poem by Charles Bukowski

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#The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry