The Sheriff

Fans of Hunter S. Thompson will instantly recognize the inspiration for this piece.  Megan Lui-Ramirez from Hardnox Tattoo in Franklin, NJ tattooed this Ralph Steadman print entitled “The Sheriff” on the leg of the lovely Miss. Jersey.

Jersey sent in a few photos of her leg to the miscellaneous tattoo gallery, including a shot of the tattoo next to a photo of the original print.

I must not fear

Fear is the mind killer

For those unfamiliar with the Bene Gesserit, or their litany against fear, that can only mean one thing; you’ve never had the chance to read Dune (or see one of the adaptations of Frank Herbert’s works).  That’s alright, you still have time to go out and pick up a copy of the book.  Now if you’re not so inclined to read the novel, you can at least appreciate the sentiment.  The purpose of the litany is to calm themselves and to ease their mind when faced with fear.  We all have some form of coping strategy when in a situation that instills fear or pain, be it meditation, anger, or running away as fast as possible.  Regardless of how you deal with fear, the first step is acknowledging it.  From there it is how your mind processes it that results in your behavior.  The purpose of this particular quote, and why it is so important to fans of the series, is that it isn’t a litany that denies the existence of fear, rather one where you can take control of your fear, face it head on, and come out the other side stronger for having stood up to your fear.

I’m not sure who the artist of this piece is, but it was done at Kawbi Tattoo, in Salem, Oregon, and it is the latest addition to the lettering tattoo gallery.

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

In today’s final post, we’re going to look at one more piece done by Chriz from Boxe_Voll? Tattooz in Germany.  This image, along with the rest of today’s images, and many more by Chriz can be found in the new skool tattoo gallery.

white rabbit

When Lewis Carroll first penned his tale of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, I wonder if he knew he would be creating so many memorable characters.  Since 1865 “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has been delighting children and adults alike.  With countless editions available, multiple film and television adaptations, and an innumerable amount of pop culture references littered across every medium, it’s no wonder that so many people are familiar with Alice.

Now of course, Alice is hardly the only character in the story, as it is these characters that breathe life into the story.  The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar are just some of the characters that make up the landscape that is Wonderland.  There is one character in particular that is the catalyst for the adventures, that being the White Rabbit.  Going down the rabbit hole and chasing that rabbit was Carroll’s way of taking the reader into a world beyond their imagination.

When Carroll first published the book, he commissioned artist John Tenniel to provide the illustrations.  It was these illustrations of the characters that eventually led them to became the cultural icons that they are today.  So this white rabbit that Chriz brilliantly transferred to tattoo form (on a foot no less!), is now just one more example of just how much impact these books have had on people from all over the world.

Now the big question, which is better, the book or any one of the many films made about Alice?  OK, that’s not fair, obviously it’s the book, but is there any adaptation or reference that sticks out in your mind whenever you think of the book?  Oh, and why is a raven like a writing desk?

The Boy with Nails in His Eyes

The Boy with Nails in his Eyes
put up his aluminium tree.
It looked pretty strange
because he couldn’t really see.

–Tim Burton – “The Boy with Nails in His Eyes”

If you’re not familiar with Tim Burton’s book “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories”, I’d recommend going out to a bookstore to pick it up.  It’s a short collection of poems written by Tim himself back in 1997 with the illustrations done by him as well.  As you can see, The Boy with Nails in His Eyes was the image used for the top half of the tattoo pictured below, as for the bottom half, you can see what I believe is the top of The Pin Cushion Queen’s head on the left, but I’m at a loss as to where the images on the lower right are from.  I’m sure a more astute Tim Burton fan can fill us in.  The only information I have on the image is that it was uploaded anonymously with the title “Droogie“.  So please, when you’re uploading an image, remember to add some details so I can give proper credit if I post it.

tim burton

The Tell-Tale Heart

But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eve. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment! –do you mark me well I have told you that I am nervous: so I am. And now at the dead hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that old house, so strange a noise as this excited me to uncontrollable terror. Yet, for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still. But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. And now a new anxiety seized me –the sound would be heard by a neighbour!

– Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart

Normally I would hesitate to post two images that as so similar this close together, but given the material presented, I couldn’t help myself given the connection between the two images.

Below you’ll see a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe that Godsandmonsters uploaded.  Now because I was a lit major in university, tattoos tied to works of literature tend to catch my eye.  So when I saw Poe looking back at me, I knew I had to take a closer look.  One of the great things about Poe (aside from his writing) is that he always has a sort of haunted look about him.  Throughout his troubled life he was orphaned, served in the military, eventually started writing, married his 13 year old cousin who died still very young, became an alcoholic and eventually died in a bizarre manner.  You see, the night that Poe died, he was found on the street rambling about someone named “Reynolds”.  He was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that he was wearing someone else’s clothes.  The eventual cause of death was determined to be some sort of brain trauma, although all records have since been destroyed.  In the years following his death, a jealous rival came into control over Poe’s literary holdings, and worked hard to destroy Poe’s reputation.

But let’s take a step back.  While Poe was writing a good deal of his works dealt with death and loss.  These of course intensified after the loss of his wife.  Given his personal history, it was clear that his abandonment when he was a child, and the deaths of those around him contributed greatly to his works, but he also drew upon the works of others for inspiration.  In one specific instance, Keats’ poem “The Lamia” played a significant role in the inspiration of one of Poe’s sonnets.  ”To Science“, one of Poe’s earlier works, specifically refers to Keats’ poem (lines 229-238) in addition to using lines that echo lines from “The Lamia”.     The argument behind Poe’s sonnet is that as science is expanding it is taking away the mysteries of the world, and in doing so is ruining the world for poets as they look to the mysteries of the world for inspiration.

So now look to yourself.  Do you think Poe ended up being right?  Did science and the modern age ruin the mysteries of the world?  Or is it still there, waiting to be discovered again by poets and artists all over the world?


As for myself, I still think there is enough mystery out there, maybe not the same mysteries that Poe was searching for, but new ones for a new generation to discover.

While we’re on the subject of artists, do you happen to have any art on yourself that you want to share?  BME is always looking for new submissions, and if you’re not a member yet, head on over to the main page and sign up.  Those of you who are members can also check out Godsandmonsters‘ story of getting tattooed.  While ModBlog shows of some of the great pieces submitted every day, there are hundreds more submitted all the time that are just as good, if not better.

The Hidden Paths That Run

And finally, let’s shut it down for the night with this offering by the Owl God-summoning Anji Marth, who tattooed this while at High Priestess Corvallis in Corvallis, Oregon. In addition to being some of the nicer, more original script we’ve seen in a while, this is also delightfully nerdy and, to top it off, there appears to be a kilt involved. Awesome? Awesome. The tattoo itself is the text of The Road Goes Ever On and On, written by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien and, while it was published in various forms throughout his novels, the one committed to skin up there is from The Hobbit. In case you can’t make it all out:

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

We’ll see you tomorrow, folks.

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