This is my second tattoo.
The quote is from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is one of my favourite books; no one can capture powerful emotion in simple words and images like Zusak can.
“Books and pages and a happy place” refers to Ilsa Hermann’s library, where Liesel finds she can explore her love of reading. Likewise, I can find a refuge anywhere there are books. This is also the scene where Liesel realises the power words have to cause both happiness and misery in different hands. I will never forget the power of words, and will always try to use them for good.
Artist: the lovely Kimma at Blackbird Tattoo in NSW, Australia:
“and she was a hurricane”
the full quote is - “if rain were people i was a drizzle and she was a hurricane” from “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. My best friend Steph and I got blue leaves from the play “The House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare. We have loved that play since we were in it together back in high school.
Line from the poem “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth. Probably the most famous section of the poem, this particular line, and the stanza it appears in, has reminded me there are no do-overs in life. We need to find the little wonders in the world to keep us going.
“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind”
Thanks to Bob from Pino Bros. Ink in Cambridge, MA.