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Temporary Tats for Grownups


"Ulysses" by James Joyce

“Ulysses” by James Joyce

Best tagline of the year: “Freak out your mom  . . . temporarily.”

These literary (temporary) tattoos by Litographs are one of my favorite discoveries. The company worked with a Hollywood effects studio to give their temporary works of art a permanent look. Not only are they super smart and commitment free, their price point is also totally lovable. Each comes as a set of two for $5. What’s not to love?

And in addition to the adorable catalog of literary tattoos (and t-shirts and posters and tote bags) they sell, they have a big, BIG idea, which they put out on Kickstarter. They broke Lewis Carroll’s iconic books, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” into 5,258 tattoos. Each of the first 5,258 Kickstarter backers received one of the phrases and were tasked with applying the tattoo and taking a picture of it. Their aim is to create the longest tattoo chain in history. When it’s done, they’re going to print the photos in order. Such a great concept!

As much as I love their temporary tattoos, when I started to look at their t-shirts, I fell even harder for this creative company. I think it’s so interesting that their tattoos are textual while their shirts, which medium I would have expected to be more conducive to text-based designs, are instead graphic representations of the books they represent. However, if you look closely at the graphics, they’re composed entirely of excerpts of the books they represent. Remarkably smart design! I’ve included a few of those below as well.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

"The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle

“The Last Unicorn” by Peter S. Beagle

"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

“The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

"The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

“The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells

"Sand" by Hugh Howey

“Sand” by Hugh Howey

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

"War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells

“War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells

"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville

“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

"Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Temporary Tats for Grownups

  1. Love those T shirts. Very clever idea to make pictures out of the text.

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  2. Both the tattoos and the shirts are exquisite. I am so grateful for the introduction to this fun, creative company!

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  3. OMG I LOVE these! Methinks I must buy several to scare my husband – seems like every time I get new ink he hops from foot to foot: “It’s your body; do what you want” to “Gee, I HOPE you’re not planning on getting all sleeved up” after seeing the new piece. Mind you, I’ve gotten all of 2 in the past 10 years. (Newest one here: Contains 3 lines from Eugenio Montejo’s “The Earth Turned”). 🙂

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  4. the t-shirts are absolute LOVE!

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  5. Hhmm, kind of decided tee-shirts with stuff written on them were not for me anymore but I may need to reassess.

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  6. I’m producing Hamlet in a park this summer. Gotta get some of these for me and for gifts.

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