Everyone has at least one book that left a lasting impression on them. It should come to no surprise that one of mine is Lewis Caroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” I was 13 when I first read the novel, a little older than the intended audience, and instantly I felt a kinship with Alice as a young girl starting to explore her surroundings. For those who may be unfamiliar, the literary classic revolves around a young girl who finds herself transported to a magical place after falling down a rabbit hole.
Caroll’s tale was first told on a boating expedition during the summer of 1862 when he improvised the stories that would become the revolutionary novel to three young girls in the boat to keep them entertained, one of whom became the inspiration for his title character, Alice Lidden. The positive reactions to his stories caused Caroll to begin writing his manuscript the next day. The rest, as they say, is history.
Beloved by readers of all ages, the literary classic is best known for its nonsensical writing with the book’s 1871 sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,'' giving us the wordsmash of a poem that is the “Jabberwocky.” Since the 1960s, the novel has been analyzed as an allegory for psychedelic drug use as Alice is seen changing size after drinking and eating unknown substances and taking in the act of eating mushrooms, plus it doesn't help one of the characters in a hookah-smoking caterpillar. These references were only made more famous with the release of the Jefferson Airplane song, “White Rabbit,” in 1967.
The novel has been adapted into various different media, from video games to graphic novels. The most popular adaptations being the 1951 Disney animated film and the 2010 Tim Burton live-action adaptation that brought the story to a new generation of fans and made Hot Topic the place to go to if you wanted a Cheshire Cat t-shirt, or other similar nicknacks, to show the world how quirky you are.
To celebrate this masterpiece in all its strange and wonderful weirdness, here are some of the best “Alice in Wonderland” inspired tattoos we could find that are worth taking a trip down the rabbit hole.