“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I will always love you. That’s where I will be waiting.”Peter Pan
Whether it be an ode to your son, memories of your youth, or to profess love for the fictional boy named Peter Pan (who never grew up), this beloved quote can make the heart flutter faster than you can say “Tink!”
About Peter Pan
After his first fictional flight in 1902’s The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan stole the center stage in Barrie’s 1904 play named The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Several adaptions later, Peter evolved into a beloved storybook character who had a brave spirit, a mischievous mind, and an unbridled love of life.
Peter Pan Tattoo Ideas
There are several ways you can pay homage to the story of Peter Pan. Leader of the Lost Boys Gang, Pan resided on the mythical island of Neverland. You can recapture his love of bedtime stories with a realism tattoo, a portrait of Pan and Tinker Bell, or perhaps a few feathers paired with favorite book quotes.
You can also retell the story of Peter and Wendy Darling, the central protagonist who caught hold of Pan’s shadow and flew to Neverland with her two brothers, where she became the “mother” of Peter and the Lost Boys Gang.
Greek Mythology Pan Tattoo
While there is no direct relation between Peter to Greek mythology, there have been many “suggestions” that Peter mirrors.
Pan, the god of hunting and wildlife. Both pipe and flute players, Peter Pan and Pan, both kept close companionships with wild flocks of animals and woodland nymphs. If you fancy fantastical and mythology tattoos, you may want to opt for an artful piece that instead depicts the Greek legend of Pan.
Disney Theme Peter Pan Tattoo
If you are considering a Disney motion picture Peter Pan tattoo, you may want to include his jealous and moody friend, Tinker Bell the fairy. Acting as the tritagonist in the 1902 adaption, Tinker Bell’s fiesty character was short-lived, as lives of all Never Land fairies were. It is said once Wendy Darling asked Peter about Tinker, he completely forgot that his fiery little sidekick ever existed.
Peter Pan Quote Tattoos
Peter Pan quotes are an endearing way that you can capture the lore and magic of the beloved tale in a verse tattoo. For inspiration, consider the following book quotes:
- “Never say goodbye because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”
- “Think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.”
- “All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.”
- “Second star to the right and straight on till morning.”
- “So come with me where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever in Never Never Land.”
- “Faint hearts never won, fair lady.”
- “Just think of happy thoughts, and you’ll fly.”
- “One girl is worth twenty boys.”
- “Never grow up.”
- “Just always be waiting for me.”
Depending on the type of Peter Pan tattoo, the sky is really the limit in placement considerations. For verse tattoos, place your tattoo where you will be able to read and appreciate the context.
Forearms, biceps, hips, and thighs make readable and attractive spots for a spirited quote. Even the top of the foot could be an interesting place. So long as you understand the aftercare for this placement and find an artist willing to tattoo your foot, as many will not tattoo this area because the foot is in constant use, and that can greatly hinder the healing process.
For Pete Pan silhouettes or portrait tattoos, why not do something a little different and encircle Peter in a filigree or cameo-style frame? This could create a very stylized tattoo that can be worn on the chest, collarbone, thigh, and even the inner wrist as a charming piece of jewelry.
If you have the room to spare, a full-back piece with Peter Pan in flight paired with your favorite book quote could make quite a fantastical statement.
No matter the spot, consider tattoo size when adding special details. If you decide upon a small and meaningful Peter Pan tattoo, your artist may suggest a simple black silhouette rather than anything too complicated.
The larger the Peter Pan tattoo, the more creative your artist can be with his details.
Use your imagination and find a skilled artist who can bring the magic of the childhood tale to life, and you’ll have a daily reminder to “Never grow up.” As playwright George Bernard Shaw so easily put it, “Youth is wasted on the young.”