I got my 3rd tattoo yesterday (at Brooklyn Tattoo, Atlantic Ave / Smith St). My other two were done at Philadelphia Eddies and for having lived in NYC for 6 years now it was time to get inked in my adopted hometown.
I had wanted the chapter header symbol from DFW’s Infinite Jest on my left wrist (coverable!) for well over a year and having spent this week (what would have been DFW’s 50th bday) reading obsessively about the man I consider a literary savant/hero (and MacArthur certified genius), I was ready.
“It is about being in the moment and paying attention to the things that matter…” [The New Yorker piece on DFW]
As a bonus, there are 28 of these symbols (shaded white circle) in IJ and I turn 28 this year. Plus, my gf approved and went with me. I’ve seen other DFW/IJ tats, but never this image. And that makes me even more happy with it. I guess I have a tattoo thing for dead male writers that carved their own canon out of literature and left a legacy no one can touch.