Our friend Kinna loves surfing, books, music and living a life full of wonder. It shows in her personality. She came by the tattoo shop one day to get a literary tattoo of one of her most favorite quotes – only two sentences short but it definitely says a lot. Today Kinna tells us more about her tattoo:


Literary Tattoo from Jack Kerouac on Rib Cage|Tattoo, Frances Arbie, Female Tattoo Artist, Female, Tattoo Artist, Manila, Philippines

“I will be beautiful when I die, because my stories and passions
will be all over my wrinkled body.” – by a tattooed old woman


“I had always known that I would get inked at least once in this lifetime. And I finally did it last November 12, 2012. I had plans to get a tattoo for the longest time. I already asked around, did my research, prepared myself mentally (because my mind is a constant complex battle of good and evil, of moms and myselfs, if you know what I mean), and I even made paid reservations. I already had a compilation of designs I would love to imprint on my skin, but then I never became solid enough to actually go and do it. Until one day.

I was reading “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac when I stumbled upon a line that would soon be my favorite verse of all times. “There’s nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars.” I instantly fell in love with it. For me, it was both a revelation and a command. A dare. A piece of advice for those who are lost, an assurance to those who are scared, an affirmation for those who dared.

I instantly knew it was THE one: a verse to serve as a reminder, every day, that I am built to be a child of flight and constant wonder wherever in life I may be. And so, in a Traveling Typewriter font, in one of the most painful parts of the body to be tattooed, I got married to the verse.

I tasted every line, every scratch of the needle, every goddamned vibration. I remember shutting my eyes, gripping the armrest of the leather tattoo table, calmly breathing as the needle ran through my dermis. It was a glorious kind of pain. And then, it was done. Irrevocable, irreparable, real.

The beautiful verse is now a part of me, mine, flowing with every curve of my rib, in the very pores of my skin, and I shall be forever reminded, dared, assured and affirmed that there’s nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars.” – Kinna Kwan


Thanks Kinna for sharing your story. Life is a travel indeed. Hope we can travel together sometime. See you soon!


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