Sep 5, 2014

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Danielle + A Shooting Bradbury


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Here's a tattoo with a quote from a very popular classic author, plus something that's shooting...


Danielle

Artist: Johnny Dents @ Studio 14 in Toledo, Ohio.

DesignRay Bradbury quote, shooting star.

Story: My grandfather wasn't a demonstrative man. I loved him to death, but he missed a lot of visits and always sent a $50 check for Christmas. Children made him uncomfortable. So when he showed up at our door with a 1960s copy of Podkane of Mars, it not only meant a lot, but started a life long love of Scifi and Mars. (Even though I was seven. Don't give children Heinlein.)

After he passed, I wanted to get my first tattoo in his memory, I wanted something bookish, and I wanted something space themed. The Stories of Ray Bradbury was really influential when I was a teen and I fell in love with the last few lines from Kaleidoscope, "'I wonder", he said, "if anyone'll see me?"' It's the dying thought of a man who feels his life didn't matter, but it did. It's about leaving a mark in unexpected ways, like a gruff ex-preacher inspiring you to go to art school.




Thanks for sharing your tattoo and being our tattooed guest, Danielle!

Do you have a tattoo of the bookish, literary, or poetic variety? (Basically, if it has anything whatsoever to do with books, it works!) Would you like to be our tattooed guest? We'd love to have you! All you have to do is fill out this form and then you're on the guest list!

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