The Illuminated Form
From atalantapendrag:
Last week I had to have my cat Molly put down. She was 16, and she’d been my therapy cat for 11 years. I called all the mobile vets in town until I could find one who could come out right away. While we waited, I cradled Molly in my arms and listened to an especially lovely fan recording of “Rue’s Lullaby” from THE HUNGER GAMES. I decided, over the days to follow, to get the chorus from “Rue’s Lullaby” tattooed on my arm, where she’d last laid her head, as a memorial tattoo. If you don’t know it, here’s the text -Here it’s safe, here it’s warmHere the daisies guard you from every harmHere your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them trueHere is the place where I love you. I wound up going and getting it yesterday at The Austin Tattoo Co. by Cory.It hurt a fuckload. The text goes far enough down that I felt vibrations in my elbow, and far enough up it that it’s maybe an inch and a half from my armpit… coincidentally on the very sensitive skin on the edges of an old scar. And you know all those otugh guys who get armbands that only go like 3/4 around? Turns out they’re not being utter lolariously cowardly. It HURTS LIKE BUGGERY. It was excruciatingly painful, wonderfully cathartically painful. And now the tattoo can carry some of the grief for me.Sorry the photo’s a bit blurry, it’s a lot more legible in person.

From atalantapendrag:

Last week I had to have my cat Molly put down. She was 16, and she’d been my therapy cat for 11 years. I called all the mobile vets in town until I could find one who could come out right away. While we waited, I cradled Molly in my arms and listened to an especially lovely fan recording of “Rue’s Lullaby” from THE HUNGER GAMES. I decided, over the days to follow, to get the chorus from “Rue’s Lullaby” tattooed on my arm, where she’d last laid her head, as a memorial tattoo. If you don’t know it, here’s the text -


Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.



I wound up going and getting it yesterday at The Austin Tattoo Co. by Cory.

It hurt a fuckload. The text goes far enough down that I felt vibrations in my elbow, and far enough up it that it’s maybe an inch and a half from my armpit… coincidentally on the very sensitive skin on the edges of an old scar. And you know all those otugh guys who get armbands that only go like 3/4 around? Turns out they’re not being utter lolariously cowardly. It HURTS LIKE BUGGERY. It was excruciatingly painful, wonderfully cathartically painful. And now the tattoo can carry some of the grief for me.

Sorry the photo’s a bit blurry, it’s a lot more legible in person.

Guideline Post

Hello, all!  I’m running this blog for the express reason of getting some art appreciation up in here for text tattoos and character tattoos.  I seriously want to know about the words you have written on your body, and why they’re there—I’m forever interested in art stories, and there doesn’t seem to be a blog for text and word tattoos I’ve found.

So here’s what it takes to get on this blog.

-Pics!  I need me a pic of your text tattoo.  Legibility is optional.

-Transcription!  Tell me what it says.  English, with other languages you feel may be applicable along with.  I’m not multilingual, unfortunately, and there are so many languages in the world that invariably there will be issues.  But, I will leave it to your discretion what other languages may apply!

-Story!  Tell me why this is on your body!  And if it’s “It looked cool at the time” please either add context to what came later that makes you want to tell a story about it, or before that led you to getting it.  English, again, not multilingual, but again, you can also include any other language versions you so desire.