150+ Literary Tattoos Only Bookworms Will Get

There’s nothing quite like reading a book. If you’re a bibliophile, you know what I am talking about. There’s no feeling like holding a book in your hands and getting lost in the words

You can learn about different people in the world, feel connected to cultures you’re never going to visit, deal with heartbreak and derive life lessons. It doesn’t come as a surprise that many book lovers decide to ink themselves with something that will remind them forever of a book that moved them.

  • Kurt Vonnegut Quote

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Kurt Vonnegut used this quote in Slaughterhouse-Five 106 times, each time after a character dies. Hence, teaching the readers to keep moving on.

  • Beat On Tattoo

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” from The Great Gatsby is about the human condition. With a few words, you feel connected to everyone who has been and is to come.”

  • Nothing Hurts

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Kurt Vonnegut’s quote convinces you that it all gets better someday.

  • Alice In Adventure Land

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Alice’s adventures in Wonderland can make you imagine so much at different ages of your life.

  • Walt Whitman Quote

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Walt Whitman’s words will encourage to contribute a verse too.

  • The Little Prince

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This quote from The Little Prince remains relevant even after you grow up.

  • GOT Tattoo

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“You’re mine,” she whispered. “Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow. But first, we’ll live.” – Ygritte

  • Bibliophile Tattoo

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  • Roald Dahl Tattoo

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Roald Dahl never let a kid have a dull childhood.

  • Unless Tattoo

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f you’re not sure of quotes, choose a word from your favourite quote. The ‘unless’ here is from one of Dr Seuss’ quotes: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not.”

  • Sakespeare Tattoo

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There’s a reason Shakespeare is still famous. His philosophical words are tattoo-worthy.

  • Ligtbulb Tattoo

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This one is for those who believe in the green light just as much as Gatsby.

  • Narnia Tattoo

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 So many of us have been inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia to look for our own secret cupboard.

  • Maya Angelou Tattoo

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Maya Angelou’s simple yet powerful words are the perfect reminder that we need to keep moving forward.

  • Ampersand Tattoo

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  • Book and Coffee Tattoo

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  • T.S. Eliot Tattoo

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 T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock poem has so many literary gems within its verses. This one is just one of them.

  • Sylvia Plath Tattoo

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Someone put Sylvia Plath’s ‘fig tree’ from The Bell Jar into a pictorial form and it is pretty much what was imagined.

  • Beautiful Fight Tattoo

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This quote by Charles Bukowski as a tattoo will inspire you to hustle till you get what you want.

  • IAm Tattoo

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‘I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.’ Another jewel from Sylvia Plath that means so many things to different people

  • To Kill A Mockingbird Tattoo

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If you’ve also felt connected to To Kill A Mockingbird like so many others, this would be a beautiful tribute.

  • Quote Tattoo

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  • When She Woke Tattoo

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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

The text: “She woke, and she was herself.”

  • The Little Prince Tattoo

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 The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The text: “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

  • Grapes of Wrath Tattoo

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The text: “And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”

  • Sappho Tattoo

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 If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho (Translated by Anne Carson)

The text: An ancient fragment of papyrus from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt containing part of a poem in Ancient Greek. There isn’t much left of this particular piece of papyrus, but what’s there has been identified as a fragment of poetry by Sappho.

  • Comic Tattoo

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 Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, and Robert Wilson

The text: ‘NC’ for non-compliant

  • Moby Dick Tattoo

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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The text: “ … then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.”

  • Multiple Quotes Tattoo

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Red or Dead by David Peace, Dancer by Colum McCann, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

The text: From Red or Dead: “But the word was not finished. The word was not satisfied. LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL. The word insatiable, the word voracious. LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL. In the last two minutes of the game. St John shot again. Gregg saved again. The ball flew back out of the ruck. Byrne drove the ball back into the ruck. And Milne diverted the ball. Into the net, into a goal. LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL, LI-VER-POOL. The word triumphant, the word victorious.”

  • Harry Potter Tattoo

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

The text: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

  • Fairytale Tattoo

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  • Wonder Tattoo

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 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The text: “’Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic that any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,’ he said, ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.’”

  • True Story Tattoo

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The text: “The only tattoos visible as she dug out her sketchbook and handed it over were the ones on her wrists like bracelets—a single word on each: true and story.”

  • Hemingway Tattoo

For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

  • Little Prince Tattoo

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The Little Prince, Antoine Saint Exupery

  • Nothing Hurt Tattoo

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 Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

  • Geometrical Tattoo

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Jean Cocteau

  • The Silence of the Lambs Tattoo

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The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

  • Jane Austen Tattoo

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Harry Potter Quote Tattoo

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

  • Watercolor Quote Tattoo

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • Lolita Tattoo

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Courage Tattoo

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

  • Spanish Tattoo

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • Matilda Tattoo

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

  • Stephen King Tattoo

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Gunslinger by Stephen King

  • Not Looking Back Tattoo

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  • Fault in Our Stars Tattoo

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Word Love Tattoo

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

  • Happy Tree Tattoo

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Glass Castle Tattoo

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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

  • Choose to Be Free Tattoo

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The Choice by Edith Eger

  • Meg Cabot Tattoo

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

  • Throne of Glass Tattoo

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  • Full Arm Tattoo

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 Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Thousand Lives Tattoo

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The infinitely quotable George R. R. Martin

  • Arm Tattoo

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Clockwork Orange Tattoo

 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  • Glow In Dark Tattoo

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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  • Shadowhunter Rune

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  •  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

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  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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  • Orange Tattoo

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  • Always Tattoo

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  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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  • Don Quixote Tattoo

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  • Hug O’ War

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  • Where’s Waldo Tattoo

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  • Alice in Wonderland Tattoo

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  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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  • Edgar Allen Poe Tattoo

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  • Stack of Books

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  • Nevermore Tattoo

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Taken from “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Books with Eye Tattoo

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  • Harry Potter Inspired Tattoo

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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  • Multiple Literary Tattoo

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  •  Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

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  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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  • Wise Old Owl Tattoo

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  • I Live In Books Tattoo

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  • Watercolor Books Tattoo

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  • Flying Books Tattoo

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  • Named Book Tattoo

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  • Famous Book Tattoo

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  • Olive Vine Tattoo

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  • Flying Book Tattoo

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  • Tree of Knowledge Tattoo

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  • Simple Book Tattoo

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  • Watercolor Background Tattoo

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  • Mysterious Tattoo

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  • Books are Diamonds Tattoo

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  • Wise Owl Reading Tattoo

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  • Magic Books Tattoo

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  • Mountainous Books Tattoo

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  • Uncaged Knowledge Tattoo

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  • Feet Quote Tattoo

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  • Harry Potter Board Tattoo

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  • Universal Books Tattoo

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  • Lower Neck Tattoo

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  • Flowering Books Tattoo

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  • We Are Stories Tattoo

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  • Ladder to Heart Tattoo

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  • Enlightening Books Tattoo

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  • Magical Books Tattoo

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  • Black and Red Theme Tattoo

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  • Vibrant Book Tattoo

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  • Black Outline Book Tattoo

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  • Books and Tea Tattoo

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  • Tea and Saucer Tattoo

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  • Bird-Like Books Tattoo

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  • Caged Wise Owl Tattoo

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  • Rhyming Soul  Tattoo

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  • Owl With Glasses Tattoo

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  • Cute Book Tattoo

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  • Passion for Reading Tattoo

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  • Alphabetical Tattoo

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  • Leg Tattoo

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  • Side Hip Tattoo

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  • Typewriter Tattoo

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  • Shoulder Tattoo

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  • Lightbulb Tattoo

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  • Full Back Tattoo

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  • Ribcage Tattoo

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  • Stack of Books Tattoo

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  • Flowers and Books Tattoo

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  • Colorful Books Tattoo

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  • Books and Feathers Tattoo

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  • Behind the Ear Tattoo

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  • Thousand Lives Tattoo

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  •  The Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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This teal blue Kirin was inspired by Laini Taylor’s The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.

  • ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak

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  • Tri Stars Tattoo

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  • Loaded with Books Tattoo

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  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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  • Wise Owl and Envelope Tattoo

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  • Heroes of Olympus

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This beautiful tattoo is inspired by son of Hades, Nico DiAngelo, from Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series.

  • Fault in Our Stars Tattoo

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  • The Catcher in the Rye Tattoo

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  • Hamlet Tattoo

“This above all, to thine own self be true”. Hamlet

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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