Literary Tattoos – John Green
Here we are with the second installment of my Literary Tattoos series. Click here to see the first post and catch up on what this is all about before diving into John Green tattoos!
I think it’s safe to assume that at the very least, we’ve all heard of John Green. Most of my audience has probably also read at least one of his books.
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His most popular works include Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars and more. I’ve read all but one of his books and he’s undeniably my favorite YA author. I’ve also watched his YouTube channel with his brother Hank since about 2007. Seeing him write Paper Towns was actually quite nice.
I’m not sure I’d necessarily get any of the following quotes tattooed on me but I do find some of them to be very beautiful and unique. I feel like John Green has a particular way with words so let’s take a look at some tattoos!
This quote is from Looking For Alaska and is probably the most popular quote from this book, from what I’ve seen. I can see how it would fill someone with wanderlust, wanting and looking for new adventures. It could also represent death though. I’m not sure if he meant it that way or not but I like interpreting things in a few different ways as it offers a new perspective.
I have to say – I’m not a particular fan of TFIOS. I know, I know. Unpopular opinion alert. I go into detail in a post I’ll publish in the future on why this book wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty good read. I just think the mixture of the movie plus it’s enormous popularity turned me off from the book.
The all-too-true quote is also from The Fault In Our Stars. As mentioned above, TFIOS isn’t my favorite book so I don’t have much to say about this tattoo. Although I do like the stack of books underneath the quote. Very literary.
This darling quote is from Paper Towns. It’s from the character of Margo, the lead female. She’s quite the intriguing character. I have not seen the movie adaptation of this and I absolutely refuse to. Paper Towns is my all time favorite book (aside from Looking For Alaska) and I will not risk the imagery I have in my head for whatever the movie offers. And Cara Delevingne as Margo? Seriously? Nonetheless though, this is a beautiful quote and I love the tattoo design.
The triple book tattoo! The flower represents Looking For Alaska, although it’s a newer edition. The one I have is the one with the smoke on the cover. The pin is clearly from Paper Towns, and the ‘Okay’ clouds are, once again, from TFIOS. Very cute and unique tattoo. It’s a nice, minimal way of showing appreciation to more than one book.
This is something Alaska Young says in LFA. As for the tattoo, it’s an interesting quote in itself. I could honestly go on and on about how much I adore the book. And I mean, who even needs a heart, right? (thanks, John)
This is probably one of my favorite quotes from Looking For Alaska. I absolutely adore the typewriter font. I also love the location of this tattoo. The full quote is:
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.“
This isn’t a quote of John Green’s but it is recited by Alaska in the book. The original quote is from a poem titled “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H. Auden. I included it anyway since it made an appearance in Looking For Alaska and it’s just a good quote overall.