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10 Beautifully Subtle Bookish Tattoos That Every Reader Will Love

These literary tattoos will make you want to get inked NOW.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Readers are passionate beings. We spend hours living lives of fantastical characters; laughing with them, grieving with them, bonding with them. What better way to pay homage to these beautiful worlds than to wear your ardour on your body? If your love for books and body ink runs deep, then these gorgeous and minimalistic tattoos will definitely make you want to get inked as soon as possible. Take a look!

1. The Minimalistic Quotes

This style of tattooing is pretty big right now. If you love quotes, but can’t pick one, then this subtle tat is perfect for you.

2. A Homage to Sylvia Plath

This quote from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is one of the most profound sentences in modern American literature. For those who love Plath and her words, this would be an ideal tattoo.

3. Mischief Managed

We know that there are a ton of amazing Harry Potter tattoos out there, but the simplicity of this quote takes your breath away. This is perfect for all those Potterheads who are looking to get a tattoo that is not the Deathly Hallows symbol.

4. The Perks of Being a Bookworm

This iconic quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower makes for an incredible minimalistic tattoo. If you love books and you love the typewriter font, go for this one.

5. The Perfect Way to Honor Jane Austen

This famous quote from Pride & Prejudice looks beautiful in ink. Simple and classic, this tattoo will never get old.

6. For the Ardent Book Lover

Foot tattoos look gorgeous if done right. This subtle tattoo is for all the book lovers who strive for minimalism. Make sure you consult your tattoo artist if the position of the tattoo is sustainable, as foot tattoos do tend to fade.

7. The Open Book

This intricate little tattoo is one of our favourites. It amalgamates all the fantastical elements of being a reader with the aesthetic of the book.

8. The Notebook

If you love The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, then this iconic quote is the one for your skin.

9. The Shakespearean Tat

Ever read The Tempest? This poetic quote is from one of Shakespear’s most complex plays. The Tempest is thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone and contains many more quotable dialogues like this one.

10. The Ink & Quill

If your love for medieval literature knows no bounds, then this tattoo is for you. It evokes the historical spirit with the olden style ink and quill and is just the right amount of artsy.

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