Sad news everyone: Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, passed away this morning. It’s a great loss, not only felt in the literary and art worlds — he was a self-taught artist, illustrating many children’s books — but across the globe, as kids of all ages have been reaching for his beloved works since the 1940s. Over the decades, his colorful characters and drawings have served as a whimsical escape from real life and as source of inspiration — influencing ink, art, music, crafts and film. We’ve rounded up a few quotes, projects, and art in memory of Mr. Sendak, so come celebrate his life with us after the jump.
When digging up tattoos for this week’s Where The Wild Things Are feature, I hadn’t expected to find such a plethora of amazing Maurice Sendak-channeling ink. But alas, many people were inspired by the beloved children’s book — unsurprisingly so — and have immortalized their adoration with gorgeous tattoos depicting illustrated scenes and lovely little quotes. Published in 1963, Sendak’s imaginative illustrations and words instantly became a sensation amongst children and adults, set-backs be damned — the book was banned from libraries, but after high demand it found it’s way onto shelves — and has remained that way ever since. Whether they’re on arms, legs, feet, or backs, swoon over these magical full-color and grayscale Where The Wild Things Are tats after the jump.