Inspired by @sesealyah
  1. 'A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.'
    My second-favorite Oscar Wilde quote, from The Soul of Man Under Socialism. As a tattoo it would represent my love for Wilde/the importance of his work to me. It also encapsulates a sentiment that underpins my political views. As a whole, however, it's probably larger than I'd ever want. I would also consider just the final line of this, perhaps incorporated into some kind of map illustration.
  2. 'The End & The Beginning' by Wisława Szymborska
    I took a lot of comfort in post-WWII Polish poetry for a few years after I came back from studying in Poland. The return was hard for me, & several things happened that compounded how lost I felt. I love Szymborska, & this is my favorite of her works. Like the Wilde quote, the entire poem ( is a larger tattoo than I'd probably ever get, but I feel like there's not one line that I'd want above all the others.
  3. Poppies
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    My favorite flower. I love the bold simplicity of this particular tattoo (which as far as I can find is by Denis Sivak of Odessa, Ukraine), and if I did get a color tattoo, would want something like it. Red poppies are my absolute favorite, but I'd probably get a mix of red & golden, so that California (my home state) got some representation (I am all about multiple/layered meanings for tattoos).
  4. ',,,::,,.' - i.e., the punctuation from my favorite Oscar Wilde quote. Horizontally on my right forearm, starting just above my wrist (will mirror the location of my current tattoo).
    From De Profundis: 'Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see Life as a whole: by which, and by which alone, we can understand others in their real as in their ideal relations.' This tattoo will represent my love of both punctuation & Oscar, while also serving as a reminder of this quote, which puts into words a philosophy fundamental to how I want to live my life.
  5. 'Failing in love isn't the same as not loving'. Vertically on my left forearm, just below my elbow.
    From Angels in America. Because I love Kushner, & Angels in America kind of destroyed and rebuilt me. And because Louis is the character I most identify with: he's all the worst parts of myself (+ some of the best), & this line is the moment he is redeemed, as much as he ever can be. This line is also important to me because I hold myself & others to impossibly high standards in relationships, & this was a lesson it took me a long time (& several lost friendships) to learn.
  6. Kotwica. On my left forearm, slightly above my wrist.
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    Means anchor in Polish. Stylized this way, has been used as a symbol by Polish underground resistance movements since WWII. Originally stood for Pomścimy Wawer (We shall avenge Wawer); in later iterations became, among others, Polska Walcząca (Poland Fights) & Powstanie Warszawskie (Warsaw Uprising). In memory of Jerzy Bartnik & Rajmund Caban, two veterans of WWII/the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 whom I had the privilege of knowing. Also represents my Polish heritage & my love of Warsaw & of Poland.