Check out the sci-fi tattoos inspired by Gibson, Gaiman and others

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Ever read a sci-fi story that really got under your skin? Perhaps. But probably not like this. Some readers are so passionate about their favorite writers that they've taken that metaphor and made it real.

Contrariwise: Literary Tattoos hosts a gallery of tats based on words and images plucked from novels, short stories, poetry, song lyrics and more, and though the site doesn't focus primarily on the fantastic, it turns out that science ficton, fantasy and horror are well-represented.

Included in the site's extensive archives are tattoos by Terry Pratchett, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and other writers who've inspired their readers to go under the needle.