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Tuesday (September 13) marks the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl, and we have so much to thank him for. The British author crafted no shortage of our favorite books as children, and they continue to bring a bit of magic and inspiration into our lives today. 

What better way to memorialize his impact than through ink? Here, we've rounded up 100 tattoos inspired by his works, from "Matilda" to "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Your inner children's lit-nerd will be oh-so-satisfied.

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We love this towering book stack, complete with a quizzical Matilda on top.

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This "The Witches" and "James and the Giant Peach" coupling would be perfect on forearms.

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Be reminded to seek out magic everyday with this inked Dahl quote.

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Here's a jolly Willy Wonka, based off Quentin Blake's illustration.

Blake wasn't the first "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" illustrator, but his circa-1995 drawings are the ones Millennials know and love best. 

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Such a dapper Mr. Fox!

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This "James and the Giant Peach" centipede has some 'tude.

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A seriously GORGEOUS "Giant Peach" panorama.

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These Twits look especially conspiratorial.

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Those poor Muggle-Wumps, though!

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If you can't choose just one Dahl book to memorialize, a montage could do the trick.

This BFG looks even friendlier than usual!

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For fans of minimalist ink, this Grand High Witch is simply too cute.

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Or how about this minimalist Mr. Fox?

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You could even get some minimalist "BFG" ink.

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Such a sweet scene of Matilda and Miss Honey!

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This teeny Matilda tattoo packs a powerful message.

The full quote: "So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."

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This Dahl quote was handwritten by the ink owner's wife, and we're digging her pen(wo)manship!

The Triceratops is also in tribute to his son, giving the quote a personalized touch.

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So many books, so little time.

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More Quentin Blake-inspired ink, this time in homage to "The Enormous Crocodile."

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Willy Wonka fits right in alongside these Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein illustrations.

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And Mr. Fox makes an appearance, too!

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We're into the painterly look of this BFG and Sophie portrait.

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Fans of "Esio Trot," one of Dahl's lesser-known stories, will love this sweet Alfie.

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Here he is again, munchin' away.

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Here's the gentle BFG with his dream-catching trumpet.

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These quote banners look so delicate set against the Giant Peach.

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Our girls Ladybug and Miss Spider are in this one!

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This "George’s Marvelous Medicine" tribute looks like it was painted with watercolors.

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Adore this quote placement.

The quote says: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

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A joyful Matilda is certain to make you smile!

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Blake is wonderful 'n all, but why not try a Lane Smith illustration?

Besides illustrating "James and the Giant Peach" and serving as conceptual designer for the 1996 Disney movie adaptation, Smith also did the illustrations for "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and "The Stinky Cheese Man."

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Love this "Matilda"/"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" mash-up.

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This tribute to Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka looks oh-so-real.

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Digging the whimsical font of this Willy Wonka quote.

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Okay, THIS one seriously looks like a painting.

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On-point side boob placement.

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No, your eyes are not mistaken. Someone *actually* got this meme tattooed.

Adding this to the list of internet phenomenons that have been permanently memorialized.  

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Veruca Salt, for those who want the world and want it NOW.

GIVE IT TO ME! Uh, please?

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Keep a Golden Ticket with you always!

 

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Of course, Gene Wilder isn't the only Willy Wonka out there.

For those who prefer Tim Burton's version, Johnny Depp's Wonka is always an option.

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Why not throw Charlie in there, too?

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This is artwork from "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator," the sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." 

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Here's the Glass Elevator itself.

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And a rather psychedelic-looking Augustus Gloop.

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It's an Everlasting Gobstopper!

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How about this lil' reading Matilda?

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Or this one?

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So many reading scenes to choose from!

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This Matilda has kitties.

Matilda + books + cats = win.

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And this one includes the book's spine label.

And, appropriately, belongs to a librarian! 

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For a more subtle Dahl reference, you could just include the Blake-drawn books.

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Kind of in love with this sweet message of altruism.

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This Mr. Fox is itty bitty.

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Or take a visual cue from Wes Anderson in your Dahl tribute.

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Perhaps his pal, Badger, is of greater interest?

This one is kind of cheating, since Badger (voiced by Bill Murray) is only a character in Wes Anderson's 2009 film adaptation, not the book. But we'll allow it.

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These Matilda and George tattoos complement each other nicely.

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Right, so this is ~mildly~ impressive.

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This lil' Red was inspired by Dahl's re-telling of the fairytale.

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Ash may not have been in the book (just the movie), but how could we leave out this seriously excellent Steampunk rendering?

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Answer: We couldn't.

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This Mr. Fox is extra crafty.

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Here we have the Grand High Witch, this time out of disguise.

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There's something distinctly punk rock about Dahl's blue-tongued witches, yes?

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Silly Twits.

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A debonair, dancing Wonka.

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One of Dahl's rare Roly-Poly Birds, famed for its colorful tail feathers.

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Mkay, so this scene is only in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" the movie, BUT it's a pretty iconic one.

The cryptic scene featuring a wolf at the movie's end was Wes Anderson's favorite; in fact, he claimed it was why he made the movie. 

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The wolf looks especially darling as a behind-the-ear tatt.

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Such an expressive face on this one!

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Is that a couple of witches I spy getting inked next to Matilda?

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D'awe. Such a genial giant.

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Wolf within the fox = love.

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Mr. Fox looks extra dignified in a tree-branch frame.

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And Mrs. Fox looks lovely inside a mirror.

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This font is pretty rad, too.

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Jill Bennet was one of Dahl's very first illustrators, and her BFG could make for some seriously great ink.

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And her "Danny the Champion of the World" illustration has yet to be inked, but could inspire some bird tattoo lovers.

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Did you know Steven Spielberg's 1984 movie "Gremlins" was loosely inspired by a 1943 Dahl story of the same name?

It was Dahl's first children's book, in fact. His Gremlins were far less murderous, though, preferring to sabotage British aircraft instead. 

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We doubt Dahl envisioned Greta the Gremlin, though.

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And Gizmo looks cute as hell when anime-inspired.

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There goes Mr. Fox making off with Bean's Alcoholic Cider again!

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"You should probably put your bandit hat on now."

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Did you know Dahl published a guide to railroad safety?

In the early 1990s, the British Railways Board asked Dahl to write a guide for children on how to stay safe around railways. Blake, of course, did the illustrations.

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A standalone Miss Spider is also pretty rad.

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This one is très français, no?

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Incidentally, she also looks great perched atop the Cheshire Cat.

And might that be Edward Scissorhands in the corner?

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These friendship tattoos ~*could*~ be symbolizing Dahl's short story, "The Umbrella Man."

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This cartoonish Wonka is pretty cute.

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This beloved "Matilda" quote makes for a sweet, simple foot tattoo.

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Loving the bright, cheerful colors!

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Look how teeny James and his squad are in this.

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It's the Rhino Cloud, egad!

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That's some serious dedication to Willy Wonka right there.

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Here's Grandma from "The Witches," puffin' away.

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I spy with my little eye a Willy Wonka tattoo.

Can you spot it?

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Here's the mechanical shark from "Giant Peach," looking ferocious as ever.

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This could work great as a spinal tattoo.

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The owner of this ink gave Matilda a Kindle.

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Here's another of Dahl's positive reminders.

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Adore this cross-stitch style "Mr. Fox" tribute.

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Or, you could style Mr. Fox and his tree like so.

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Something about this Mr. Fox looks almost scholarly.

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Here's a rather ~hip~ take.

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Finally, look at this all-Dahl sleeve. Just LOOK AT IT.