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The walking copy of Watership Down
Hi hi hi!
So in case anyone remembers, I was getting some text done on my wrists from the novel Watership Down. And in case anyone remembers, I also have a rib piece which is (you guessed it) from Watership Down.
To refresh your memory.... This is a couple of months after healing, but prior to being touched up. It looks even more amazing now that some of the lines have been evened out, made darker, and some of the letters touched up. The full quote is "My heart has joined the Thousand for my friend stopped running today" and is a rabbit proverb/prayer. It has always sent shivers down my spine and I've adored it since the moment I first read it as a small child. It sums up perfectly how I feel about my own pet rabbits.
And my new tattoos:
Right wristIn the movie this is from the bargain that Hazel tries to make with Frith to save his warren as he is running towards the farm to set the dog loose on Woundwart's rabbits. In the book, from when El-ahrairah tries to convince the Black Rabbit to take his life and save his people's:
"Bargains, bargains, El-ahrairah," he said. "There is not a day or a night but a doe offers her life for her kittens, or some honest captain of Owsla his life for his Chief Rabbit's. Sometimes it is taken, sometimes it is not. But there is no bargain, for here, what is, is what must be."
Unfortunately I can't operate a camera with my mouth so I couldn't get a picture of the two side by side but the placement of the text on the left wrist sits in the space between the two lines on the right.
Incredible. Watership Down has long been an integral part of who I am, part of my personal mythology. Your tattoos resonate with me, very VERY much.
Perhaps my first tattoo WILL be El-ahrairah, after all.
I love them!
Also, I'm normally a sucker for balance, but I really like the lack thereof with the wrists (with a longer quote on the right) because I think where you have it split leaves both sides very effective. Lovin it!
Awesome. I love them. I'm desperately craving a WD tattoo of my own now. Think I'll have to bump the book up my TBR pile and read it next. I'm pining for it.
OMG I love the ribcage one.. though I've never read Watership Down, it still looks awesome to me. I liked that you didn't get the animals coloured, and they're more of caricatures.
Was wondering, what font did you use for your ribcage tattoo?
Thanks. :) The rabbit is the animation from the movie, but I decided that coloured tattoos are not for me. They look good on some people, but I couldn't see myself with multi-coloured tattoos.
The font is called Lainie Day and I got it off dafont. I really loved it. I was originally going to go with Windsong (which I do still really like) but when I saw this one I just knew.
Those are incredibly beautiful and, aahah, um, that rabbit proverb still makes me well up (I visited the place, the actual Watership Down when I was a child, people had carved the names of the rabbits into the trees). Awesome tattoo choice. Absolutely awesome.
Beautiful tattoos, especially the first one. Watership down is such an inspirational book and these do it justice!
can i ask you what is the name of the font you used on the first tattoo, on your torso? if you could send me an e mail with the answer i would be really thankful
your Watership Down tattoo is incredible. the prayer makes me pout!