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"A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever"

Location: Right shoulder

The story: I have "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" written in Jane Austen's handwriting. It's actually a line from John Keats's "Endymion," but he had pretty terrible handwriting . . . so I went with Ms. Austen's instead. John Keats is one of my favorite poets, and the quote has always resonated with me. The tattoo needs touching up (thanks, backpack straps, bras, and sunburns!), but I still really like it.

— Brinton Parker, editorial assistant

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