June 27, 2005


I meant to mention a curious sight. As I walked into Home Despot Friday afternoon (motto: Can't find what you need? That's your problem, pal."), I saw a woman with a large tattoo around her biceps. As I looked at it more closely, I realized what it was: a copy of the fiery inscription on the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings:


Is this some kind of fashion statement that I just haven't noticed before? Did this woman not realize that the inscription is supposed to be a bad thing? Or did she know it and was she trying to make herself look "bad" too? (I couldn't tell from the rest of her appearance - it easily could have been one or the other.)

Memo to anybody else considering doing this: Don't.

UPDATE: Evidently, I'm behind the curve (again).

Posted by Robert at June 27, 2005 01:39 PM

I'm pretty sure the message behind such a tattoo is, "I'm a bigger nerd than you could ever hope of being."

Of course, you knew what it was, so I guess that says something.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at June 27, 2005 02:33 PM

Yeah, well there is that. Perhaps it's dorks like me who were the intended audience. D'you suppose that if I'd sidled up and whispered, "We wantsssss it!" I'd have had a shot?

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 27, 2005 02:44 PM

Oh yeah, you'd definitely have a shot. The question is would you want to take it.

Hypothetically speaking of course; being you're happily married.

Posted by: phin at June 27, 2005 02:49 PM

Not a chance, hypothetically or otherwise.

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 27, 2005 03:12 PM

I'm sure it looked "bad" alright.


Posted by: j.d. at June 27, 2005 04:34 PM

Is she still going to want that in 20 years, when her kid wants a tattoo?

Posted by: rbj at June 27, 2005 07:46 PM

It is the ultimate nerd filter!

Most people will think that it is just some tribal tatoo; no big deal. But the nerds and dorks, they will know!

Whether or not this is the kind of attention she wants, it is what she will gets.

Posted by: TheRoyalFamily at June 27, 2005 11:36 PM

I poked around that fashion site a bit. "A temporary tattoo for the hardcore" is of course bovine nightsoil. The pansies and butterfly my wee wifey has inked into the skin around her ankle is more hardcore than any temptat no matter how tribal or shocking.

Posted by: triticale at June 28, 2005 12:52 AM
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