charles bukowski tattoo

I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.
—  Charles Bukowski

Bukowski | 40x50cm | Graphite on paper

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If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.

Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.

If you’re doing it for money or fame, don’t do it.

If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed,
 don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
 don’t do it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you, 
then wait patiently.

If it never does roar out of you,
 do something else.

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, 

unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don’t do it.

When it is truly time,
 and if you have been chosen, It will do it by itself

and it will keep on doing it until you die 

or it dies in you.

There is no other way.

And there never was.

Charles Bukowski

“Lighting new cigarettes,
pouring more
It has been a beautiful 

Charles Bukowski is easily my favorite writer of all time. This poem has stuck with me from the very beginning of it all. There were many times I felt like giving up and I would remember this poem, and suddenly, I felt like I could make it a little bit longer. This tattoo has a really big and personal meaning to me and since I never like to tap into my private life, I will leave it simple and to the point. I’ve had to face many battles my entire life, and no matter how ugly the outcome may have been, it has made me who I am today. Every day is a battle itself. This is a reminder of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished because I kept pushing through. 

(Before I get any messages stating that my tattoo is crooked, please keep in mind I had to take this picture myself, using both hands while keeping my arm up so you can see it.)