John Steinbeck Pigasus Tattoo

Over the weekend my lovely friend Kate was in town visiting and suggested we get tattoos. Our last meeting resulted in my Hemingway tattoo (which I just discovered made #9 on this list of epic tattoos. Thanks for the compliment! It would have been nice to link back to this site, but as long as people like it what does it really matter?) So while I had the girl with the green ribbon as next on my list of tattoos I couldn’t afford it and went for a simpler one that has been on my list for several years now – John Steinbeck’s Pigasus. For those not familiar, Steinbeck’s wife Elaine described it as follows:

The Pigasus symbol came from my husband’s fertile, joyful, and often wild imagination.  After his signature on letters or inside his books, he would draw a fat little pig with wings, and lettered his name, “Pigasus.”  John would never have been so vain or presumptuous as to use the winged horse as his symbol; the little pig said that man must try to attain the heavens even though his equipment be meager. Man must aspire though he be earth-bound.

As Of Mice and Men was the first novel I read of Steinbeck, and which destroyed me as a preteen, I was going to name it George or Lennie, but I’m still not sure. Something about it says “Mortimer” to me.

Work was done by Buttah at EC Tattoo II in San Diego. Thanks for taking us as walk-ins 😉

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