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

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Mockingjay symbols from The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games had quiet an impact a few years ago, becoming popular enough to be made into a film series starring Jennifer Lawrence. The themes the trilogy touches on are important ones, and the story gets quite political at times. Of course, that’s to be expected from a story about overthrowing an oppressive and tyrannical government.

For fans who want to keep Collins’ ideals close to them, getting a mockingjay symbol tattooed makes plenty of sense. During the series, the mockingjay becomes the symbol of the rebellion—inspired both by the pin that Prim gives to Katniss and the fact that mockingjays were a species that cropped up outside of government control.

One mockingjay symbol tattoo can fit easily anywhere on the body, but the concept of this particular tattoo is also a cool one. This one features all three Mockingjay symbols as they appear on the three consecutive book covers. The bottom symbol, from The Hunger Games, resembles Katniss’ pin, while the middle is from Catching Fire. The top Mockingjay symbol is from the final installment, Mockingjay, and it shows the bird breaking out of its confines.

Fans getting a mockingjay tattooed to them—or even all three—can also experiment by adding color to the symbol, setting it up so that the colors match those on the covers. The symbol can also be added to a quote inspired by the trilogy, allowing readers and tattoo artists to have some fun with the design.