Posted July 22, 2015, under Inspired Ideas

Last week was long on the wordy and short on the funny, so we thought we’d close out July with something completely different.

Yes, exactly right, Mr. Cleese.

Books have the power to change us, to deeply affect us, and color our worldview. Books, as Carl Sagan famously said, are “proof that humans are capable of working magic.” So it should surprise no one that readers so ensorceled have elected to commemorate the fact. With tattoos.

Here’s a paraphrase of that Carl Sagan quote, with icons representing four young adult series: Harry Potter, Divergent, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson.

Harry Potter, predictably, is one of the most popular choices that we found for tattoos. And not just the Deathly Hallows or lightning bolts, but quotes, whole passages, and images from the books and movies. Both Severus Snape and Sirius Black have been the subject of rather large tattoos. We preferred more subtle examples, however.

Similarly, Alice in Wonderland, that most enduring and quotable of classics, sees a lot of representation on the skins of our nation.

Some people really like Alice in Wonderland a lot.

As designers, we tend toward the notion that less is more. This Cheshire Cat is perfection.

For their part in molding impressionable young minds, various other children’s books received the needle-and-ink treatment, from Shel Silverstein, to Roald Dahl, to Maurice Sendak.

Our searching also turned up rather a lot of Lord of the Rings ink — which honestly isn’t that surprising. People who love these works, love hard. That’s the defining trait of nerds, and they wear their ink with justifiable pride.

How beautiful is this Hobbit hole?

But we were a little surprised at how often Kurt Vonnegut showed up in the search results.

“So it goes” was the clear leader, with tattoos like this a close second.

The classics are well represented: Fahrenheit 451; Moby Dick; A Clockwork Orange; The Secret Garden; The Outsiders.

As well as more modern classics like Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Stephen King’s The Gunslinger.

…along with a rather different sort of classic.

Maybe your book won’t inspire quite this much devotion in its readers — but then again, maybe it will! The first step to finding out is getting it published. When you’re ready for that, drop us a line. We’re here to help the magic happen!

Rigney Graphics is a Pasadena graphic arts company that can help you create an impact with design and marketing solutions for print and web.