Mighty Life List
Jan 13 2012

Children’s Book Tattoos

The Giving Tree

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Ramona the Pest

The Little Prince

Where the Wild Things Are
by Ainslie Heilich at Vintage Karma in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania

16 Responses to “Children’s Book Tattoos”

  • Tamera Says:

    2 things I love – tattoos and childrens books! I’ve always wanted to get a collage of my favorite book illustrations on one of my legs, but that requires money I do not have. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Sromeo Says:

    Seeing these made me think, “someone out there must have a Harold and the Purple Crayon tattoo,” and behold:


    Someone does.

  • k Says:

    Oh! A children’s librarian at our library has Frances on her arm! (As in Bread and Jam for Frances.) Wonderful!

  • Anne At Large Says:

    When my best friend in college had a kid I gave them The Big Orange Splot


    A bird drops a bucket of paint on this guy’s house in the matchy-matchy suburbs and he goes crazy and makes his house all cool and the point is, she now has his house on her shoulder, orange splot and all. I wish I had a picture.

  • Kelly Says:

    Don’t forget Elliott Smith’s tattoo of Ferdinand the Bull!

  • AnthroK8 Says:

    I particularly like the Ramona tattoo. I often feel that way, myself.

    A friend in college had Max from the Wild Things as a tattoo, and again… I can fully relate.

  • Heather Says:

    That was awesome! The detail in the line work and the hatching on the Wild Things tattoo is incredible.

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda Says:

    Such awesome tattoos! My younger sister has a tattoo of Moishe from Where The Wild Things Are on her thigh.

  • priest's wife Says:

    If I ever got a tattoo- these would be pretty cook

  • priest's wife Says:

    cook = cool, of course

  • Colleen Says:

    I’ve often wondered what I might have tattooed, if I were to do such a thing. I’m liking the birds from Little Prince. (I love swallows, but the traditional swallow tattoo is just too cliche!)

    My 100-year-old grandmother recently expressed an interest in getting a tattoo. (seriously) Could be a fun bonding experience!

  • Chels Says:

    I have one of Shel Silverstein’s “The Missing Piece,” smelling a flower. Love it.

  • Christina Says:

    These are amazing!

  • Stephanie Says:

    These are too awesome. What better way to express something that has obviously had left its mark on you since childhood (than to mark it on yourself in adulthood :-D)

  • lily darger Says:

    My brother has a tattoo from Bill and Pete by Tomie DePaola on one arm and a ring of Tomie DePaola birds around the other. So perfect. Mama read his books to us a lot as kids. I think the influence of good art is important in developing a child’s aesthetic sensibility.

  • Jan Says:

    Someone I met online around 2005 and now considers a friend is a children’s librarian and a few years ago got an AMAZING tattoo of Miss Fly from “The Spider and the Fly”. It goes almost from her shoulder to her elbow.