by John Stoehr
The Daily Telegraph in London put together a collection of "literary tattoos" that its researchers found online. Some of them, like this one, a long passage from Chuck Palahniuk's novel Fight Club, are very impressive — and they suggest a kind of depth of character, a kind of cultural sensibility, that one doesn't normally associate with those who want to adorn their bodies with indelible ink.
Curious, I called a couple of tattoo places in Charleston to see if this were a growing trend. To my surprise, both places said yes, they'd seen more and more people asking for passages from novels, lines from poetry, song lyrics, philosophical axioms, and other sorts of literary heritage.
I want to write a story about this, but I need to talk to people who have literary tattoos.
If you have one, or know of someone who does, please get in touch. You can contact me at stoehr [at] charlestoncitypaper.com or call (843) 577-5304 ext. 109.