Being somewhat of a tattoo aficionado (fifteen and counting), I thought this might make for an interesting topic for today’s Alice post. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of Alice in Wonderland tattoos out there, but here are a couple good ones, mostly elaborate backpieces, gathered from around the ‘net. (I also recommend the blog Contrariwise, devoted to literary tattoos, which is doing an Alice theme this week as well.)

Of course, I’m planning on getting my own Alice tattoo eventually (just a matter of money, as with all tattoos, and of priority, as I have several that will probably come before it). I haven’t quite decided on the design yet, though. I love the Tenniel illustrations, but they are very common. I thought it might be more special to get one of the illustrations that Lewis Carroll drew himself (which I mentioned in my post about Alice art), which would not only connect me to the author, but provide an interesting conversational piece – plus I find them to be creepy as hell, which is a big selling point in my book. Unfortunately, many of my favorite scenes aren’t in the Carroll-illustrated original edition (the tea party, the cheshire cat), but looking through the book I found one that stuck out for me, just for its otherworldly creatures and the alienated look on Alice’s face – not characters that normally speak to me, but I really like the image:

Carroll's Alice