Getting a tattoo is high on a lot of people's wishlist, but when it comes to it, the tricky bit is deciding just what to get an inking of. Let's face it, dolphins and 90s-style barbed wire have given body ink a bit of a bad rep.
But a new wave of literary-inspired tattoos is proving you can be a bit creative without ending up with a garish design. Tattoo artists the world over are being asked to immortalise their clients' favourite novels, poems and fairytales, be it with a quote or a symbol, and the results are surprisingly minimalist and stylish.
From The Notebook's most memorable line to Harry Potter's spectacles and Mr Darcy's hat, be prepared to be seriously inspired.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tattoo
The Catcher in the Rye tattoo
The Fault in Our Stars tattoo
Clockwork Orange tattoo
Farenheit 451 tattoo
Alice in Wonderland tattoo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tattoo
“This above all, to thine own self be true”.
Ink and quill tattoo
The Great Gatsby tattoo
Alice in Wonderland quote tattoo
Pride & Prejudice “I declare” tattoo
Harry Potter stars tattoo
To Kill A Mockingbird tattoo
Harry Potter spectacles and scar tattoo
The Little Prince tattoo
Lord of the Rings tattoo
Sherlock Holmes tattoo
The Kite Runner tattoo
“I love you most ardently” Pride & Prejudice tattoo
Les Misérables tattoo
A reference to Jean Valjean's prisoner number.
On the Origin of Species tattoo
Peter Rabbit tattoo
Still I Rise (Maya Angelou) tattoo
The Notebook tattoo
The Tempest tattoo
The Scarlet Letter tattoo
The Bell Jar tattoo
The Wizard of Oz tattoo
Where the Wild Things Are tattoo
Mr Darcy tattoo
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader tattoo