I had a dream a while back that I had somehow amassed a small fortune and was able to put some of that toward tattoo crazy.
I already have plans for two more on my back and one for which I hadn’t decided on an exact placement but after this dream I have a clear plan… a clear and quite insane plan but a plan nonetheless.
That’s just kind of a rough and perfunctory sketch of what I had just gotten finished in this dream I had. On the left is a treble clef surrounded by the words “Swim for the music that saves you when you’re not so sure you’ll survive.” On the right is Kill Hannah’s bleeding butterfly with what has come to be known as the Kill Hannah prayer worked into it (“Universe, wrap your arms around me. Make me strong, so I can take on anyone.”). In the center is my existing Celtic knot entwined with the Scorpio M rune. Below is a flaming Phoenix holding a banner in its beak bearing the Greek letters ΑΓΑΣΘΕ ΣΠΕΥΔΕΤΕ ΑΙΡΕΙΣΘΕ from the crest of Alpha Sigma Alpha with his wings stretched up between the other three. And tucked in between all of that are quotes from books, songs, just general quotes that mean something to me.
I didn’t actually get to read the quotes in the dream so I’ve started making a list of some that I would like.
- “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” – from Harry Potter*
- “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
- “All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allen Poe
- “If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended: that you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear…” – Puck’s soliloquy from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- “We are infinite.” – from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- “You might as well live.” – Dorothy Parker, from her poem Resume
- “How will I know limits from lies if I never try?” – Thrice from “The Melting Point of Wax” **
- “Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime it is to waste it on children.” – Mark Twain
* I found a website featuring literary tattoos and a lot of the Harry Potter tattoos read “Mischief managed.” To me “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” is better suited for a tattoo as it signifies the beginning of the adventure, the beginning of the journey, whereas “Mischief managed” means exactly that. The adventure, the journey, the mischief is complete. Perhaps better suited for an epitaph.
** This song is actually a huge collection of tattoo worthy lyrics… All about not accepting society’s limits but searching for your own through trial and error.