06/20/2014 09:00 am ET Updated Jun 01, 2015

18 Ephemeral Tattoos For Booklovers


We all love a good literary tattoo, the ultimate outward expression of someone’s love for the written word. It’s fascinating to see which quotes have spoken so deeply to people that they’ve had them indelibly printed on their own skin. And let’s be honest -- who thought book nerds could be so edgy?

Not all of us bookworms, however, possess the level of decisiveness needed to join our lives with one literary tattoo for life. The more commitment-phobic among us need not despair -- we can still wear our bookishness as a sleeve if we wish.

Here are 18 gorgeous temporary tattoos that will -- for a couple days, at least -- show everyone how much you love reading:

Bookish Temporary Tattoos Worth Wearing

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the poem "All That Is Gold" from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy as an Elvish poem. The post has been updated to correct this.