Oh, please, this is a book blog. I practically created the damn thing for an excuse to post my favorite quotes alongside cryptic elaborations. It’s like one bad emo Facebook update after another around here. Watch out or I’ll put on my skinny jeans and mark you up with my black eyeliner.
That was a digression if ever I wrote one.
As I said in the title, I’m planning a new tattoo. Although I keep threatening to get something artistic to represent my children, that idea is temporarily on hold, and once again, I’m drawn to adding a quote to my small but meaningful collection of body art. The inside of my right arm features the bastardized (pun intended) Latin quote from The Handmaid’s Tale which means, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” It was my first tattoo, and I love it.
For the past several months, I’ve been contemplating another quote for my left arm. I had three contenders, and I’ve since narrowed it down to two:
We’re all stories in the end. This is from Doctor Who, which is just brilliant as far as I’m concerned. If I go this route, I’ll be getting it around my wrist, like a bracelet. That was exactly how I wanted the tattoo on my left arm, but finding a quote small enough to encircle the wrist of a 95lb girl and still be legible has been a bit of a challenge. So, points go to this idea for fitting in the shape I wanted.
My other choice is, Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. This is from The Phantom Tollbooth, a book that quickly made its way into my Top 10. It’s also a quote I use on a regular basis. It reminds me of patience, and at the same time, it reminds me to cherish the present (something I am woefully bad at doing). This one, obviously, would not fit around my wrist, so it loses points for that, but it gains a few back for its sheer awesomeness – and the fact that it’s less depressing than my Doctor Who quote.
It’s not a simple equation, of course. Right now, I’m leaning toward the Phantom quote simply because there are other Doctor quotes that I might like to use in the future, and I don’t think I want more than one quote from the same material on my body. I’m working with limited space here!
I suppose the next step is to look at fonts. Ideally, I’ll be ready to proceed with this in the next month or two. It’s been two years since my last tattoo (the rook on the back of my neck), and I’m tired of waiting for another.