Tattoo Quotes

“A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods”

Iban proverb

“Show me a man with tattoos and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.”

Jack London

“Your body is a temple…tattoos are your stained glass windows.”


Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it…. Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance.

Michelle Delio

Your necklace may break, the fau tree may burst, but my tattooing is indestructible.  It is an everlasting gem that you will take into your grave.

Verse from a traditional tattoo artist’s song, as quoted on, “Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo,” 2003

The universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation.

Captain James Cook.  1779

Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves.

Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Quirky is sexy, like scars or chipped teeth.  I also like tattoos – they’re rebellious.

Jennifer Aniston

Tattoos are like marriage:  it’s a lifelong commitment, it hurts like hell, and the color fades over time.

The Quote Garden