There's been a little bit of discussion on song lyric tattoos from a post on Ms.Rad's blog (here:http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/tattooforum/entries/19-song-lyric-tattoos) and I mentioned something about literature-themed tattoos. So I thought I'd share. After pulling out a few books, I realized I'd marked up so many pages that I'd have to do this in parts; Part 1 is all Cormac McCarthy who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest writers of the 20th/21st century and possibly one of the greatest American writers in our country's short history. PM me if you want any suggestions on books.. I'm not an expert just really love Cormac McCarthy.
Most quotes I imagine with an image, some with a single word or phrase and image..
From All the Pretty Horses.
"Ardenthearted" from: "All his reverence and all his fondness and all the leanings of his life were for the ardenthearted and they would always be so and never be otherwise."
"He saw very clearly how all his life led only to this moment and all after led nowhere at all. He felt something cold and soulless enter him like another being and he imagined that it smiled malignly and he had no reason to believe that it would ever leave."
"Nothing for the living or the dead" from: "…he held out his hands as if to steady himself or as if to bless the ground there or perhaps as if to slow the world that was rushing away and seemed to care nothing for the old or the young or rich or poor or dark or pale or he or she. Nothing for their struggles, nothing for their names. Nothing for the living or the dead."
From The Crossing
"No order save death." One of my favorites, from: "He said that the wolf is a being of great order and that it knows what men do not: that there is no order in the world save that which death has put there."
"It was never that this man ceased to believe in God. No. It was rather that he came to believe terrible things of Him."
"Every word we speak is a vanity."
From Blood Meridian.. a dense and amazing novel. Possibly the most complex and beautiful and brutal thing I have ever read.
"Fraudulent destinies." "For this will to deceive that is in things luminous may manifest itself likewise in retrospect and so by sleight of some fixed part of a journey already accomplished may also post men to fraudulent destinies."
"Spectre horsemen, pale with dust, anonymous in the crenellated heat."
"Blood and smoke and gunblack."
And finally, a horn with fire, from the dream at the end of No Country for Old Men.. Maybe I should get cracking on these, since I have yet to get any.