15 literary tattoos that will inspire book lovers to get more ink

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“Love Always, Charlie” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was once considered a necessary read for teenagers as a coming of age story that deals with serious topics like mental health and trauma long before those things became commonplace in young adult stories.

Told in epistolary format, The Perks of Being a Wallflower chronicles the emotional journey of a young boy named Charlie—a wallflower if there ever was one—as he comes to terms with his relationships and learns to accept himself fully. His journal entries are often emotional and at times empowering, and the journal ends with “Love Always, Charlie.”

While other quotes from the book are popular among fans getting tattoos, the phrase “Love Always, Charlie” captures the story in its entirety—and it symbolizes Charlie’s journey to acceptance in a way that other designs don’t manage to. Such a tattoo design is perfect for readers also remembering to come out of their shells and accept themselves.

This tattoo features the words beneath a typewriter, a great image, especially for fans of the book who also love to write or journal in their spare time. The words can also be designed in or around a notebook, a design that more accurately captures Charlie’s storytelling method.