Would you ever get a tattoo of your favorite quote from a book you really enjoyed? If so, what is it? More importantly, why?
>inb4 tattoos are degenerate
Ive got pic related, all my favorite books that really influenced who I am today
I would not get a tattoo of anything
but I always remember that line from Beckett's Molloy "A dim light was all I had been given, and patience without end to shine it on the empty shadows". It wouldn't make such a bad tattoo for a person inclined to them
>“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
Russell Brand, My Bookie Wook I
It speaks to me on a spiritual level.
Why would I carve dead symbols into my superficial shell when I can incorporate their meaning directly into my mode d'être?
Why would I get hung up on the finger pointing to the moon?
Tattoos are the refuge of shallow materialists who paradoxically believe that by enriching their outer appearance we can infer some deeper inner being when in reality it just shows how entrenched they are in the superficial.
I'd say being so concerned about "defacing flesh" is just as indicative of being preoccupied with superficial things. If you get a tattoo because you like the way it looks and that's the end of that, there's no delusion going on.
>someone, somewhere in the world actually has this tattoo
I bet every one of them thought "here's a clever tattoo that no one else will have".
Getting a tattoo of a quote seems like a good idea if you've only read twenty books in your life, and less than half were good. If you're actually reading consistently, you'll never have a favorite quote for more than a few months,
Also, the best passages are specific to the works they come from. Ambiguous philosophical waxing is bad writing.
>Also, the best passages are specific to the works they come from.
I don't think that's relevant. Good use of quotation is using it to refer not only to the words themselves but also their contexts, both the immediate and wider. If you use a quote or a reference, you shouldn't just be implying the concrete meaning of the words themselves but how they fit into both the work they're from and how that work is perceived.
I considered getting "WWDD?" and "WWGDD?"* on my hands so I'd see them whenever I reached for the bottle but quickly realised that neither of them would get tattoos on their hands.
*"What Would Dad Do?" and "What Would GrandDad Do?", both highly accomplished men.