Tuesday, April 3, 2012

golden slumbers

While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974) writer & literary critic

today's tattoo tuesday photos feature body art influenced from images found in literature. the top photo was inspired from an illustration from a cherished children's book which was handed down by the grandmother of the baby in the photo - hopefully next time i run into mama theresa i'll remember to get the name of the book - she mentioned it was a german book written in the 1930s, but we were so busy talking about other things, getting the name of the book slipped my mind.

regarding the second photo, with the exception of the felix the cat tat (which incidentally was christopher's very first tattoo) the other tattoos on this arm are primarily characters from alice in wonderland - we see the mad hatter, the march hair, and the cheshire cat (not seen because it is on the inside of c's arm is alice). these alice inspired works were all done by sean kelly one of the owners and artists in residence of the kollective gallery in cleveland heights.

gold slumbers, written by paul mcartney, and first appearing on the abbey road album (1969)- the song is inspired by the 1603 poem cradle song, a lullaby by the dramatist thomas dekker. mccartney uses the first stanza of the original poem, with minor word changes, and added single lyric line repeated with minor variation. the original album does not credit dekker with the stanza or with the title.

photos: lakewood, ohio, march 2012


Steve Reed said...

I tried a Google search to figure out that top tattoo's source, but no luck. Do let us know! I love "Golden Slumbers"....

mouse (aka kimy) said...

steve -me too! when i realized i didn't get the name of the book when i got home i too tried google searching the image - tried all sorts of key words but to no avail. hopefully she's working today and i'll be able to ask when i stop at the local bakery to pick up bread. will let you know!

Watson said...

Also love the look on baby's face!