Tattoos are something we all know well, but finding some that are outside the box is always a struggle. When seeking inspiration for a tattoo, why not consider great books and novels as a possibility? Here are 16 great examples of tattoos doing it right, while also referencing great works. Maybe your mom will even let you get one?

1. To Kill A Mockingbird

Mocking Bird Tattoo

“It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Simple yet beautiful.

2. Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”

Lorax Tattoo

“I speak for the trees.” For your environmentalist friend.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia Tattoo

Oh, nostalgia.

4. Harry Potter

HP 1 Tattoo

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good”

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

HP 2 Tattoo

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” – Albus Dumbledore | ALL THE  HP FEELS!


6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Tattoo

“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh | How cute is this?!

7. Hunger Games

HG Tattoo

“Real or Not Real?” “….Real.” Ugh, the Peeta/Katniss feels are so real right now!

8. Peter Pan and Crew

PP Tattoo

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

9. The Great Gatsby

GG Tattoo copy

Beautiful but ouch! That must have hurt.

10. The Lord of the Rings

LOTR Tattoo

Personally, this is one of my favorite literary quotes.

11. Stack of Books

Stack o Books Tat

12. “I’ve lived a thousand lives”

Lived Tat

13. “The world was hers for the reading”

Flying Books Tat

14. Open book outline

Book Outline Tat

15. Bookshelf & Bear

B&B Tattoo

16. Reading gives you wings

Books Give You WIngs Tat