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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A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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!

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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)

 

A list of popular John Green tattoos and quotes from his books! Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

Honorable Mention

Literary Tattoos: John Green | Bookish Fawn

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.

 

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So, have I mentioned yet how much I love John Green? 😉
Which book of his is YOUR favorite? I’d love to know!

2 Comments

  1. Chloe Osborn

    March 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I think my favourite John Green book is Paper Towns too, though I really enjoyed Turtles All The Way Down! The Paper Towns film is enjoyable on its own but if you’re a huge fan of the book I can understand not wanting to watch it. I love the minimalist tattoos the most, I still haven’t got my first tattoo but I think I’ll be too much of a baby to sit through a whole quote!

    1. Karley

      March 2, 2019 at 11:18 am

      That’s the only one I haven’t read! I need to get it asap. Tattoos honestly aren’t that bad! I have a quote on my left shoulder that goes to the blade. The bone part was mildly painful but it just feels like repeated little kitten scratches. 😉 Minimalist ones are super cute though!
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