Famous People’s Awesome Literary Tattoos


We’re all about literary tattoos here at Flavorwire, and we’ve even rounded up famous authors with ink, but what about the combination? After all, surely some of our favorite celebrities (and even some of our not-so-favorite ones) must have literary tattoos. And boy, do they. We’d like to draw your particular attention to the fact that both Lena Dunham and Elliott Smith have Ferdinand the Bull tattoos — clearly the mark of someone we like. Check out the famous folks with literary ink after the jump. Did we miss someone obvious? Link us to their photo in the comments.

Lena Dunham and her Ferdinand the Bull tattoo (she also has a scene from Eloise on her back).

Elliott Smith with another Ferdinand the Bull tattoo.

Ryan Gosling’s The Giving Tree tattoo. [via]

Jonathan Lethem and his Ubik tattoo. [via]

Megan Fox, with a (partial) line from Shakespeare’s King Lear on her shoulder.

Johnny Depp’s “Silence Exile Cunning” tattoo is a reference to James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Angelina Jolie has a line from Tennessee Williams’s 1941 play Stairs to the Roof adorning her arm: “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.”

“How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death?” reads the tattoo on Harry Crews’s shoulder. It’s a line from “Buffalo Bill’s,” a short poem by e.e. cummings.

Evan Rachel Wood sports a line from an Edgar Allan Poe poem.

Several members of the cast of The Lord of the Rings films had the number nine tattooed on themselves in Tolkien’s elvish script. Ian McKellen’s tat is matched by Orlando Bloom, Sean Beam, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Billy Boyd. Awwww.