I've often toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo ... more so now that everyone else seems to have one. A nice rose on the bum. A butterfly on the shoulder. A circle of barbed wire round an ankle.
But now, on The Guardian blog, Shirley Dent (who boasts a William Blake tattoo on her shoulder) has opened up a whole world of new possibilities! She links to a couple of websites that have some really great bookish designs (see here and here).
I will spend some time thinking about what literary tattoo I would choose ... and meanwhile open the question to you.
I know there are some pretty good tattoo artists in town (didn't the delicious Anthony Bourdain get his Ouroboros tattoo done here?). Which would you butterflied-flowerified-skullandcrossboned people recommend?
Incidentally, I remember a very interesting academic paper given at a literary conference several years ago at which the author/poet Albert Wendt talked about the Samoan tatau (tattoo) as a form of literature!
Postcript (2/8/08) :
Even more literary tats at the Gawker.