25 June 2010

Just returned from an afternoon at the beach at...

...Rocky Neck State Park and have tattoos on my mind (again).  It happens whenever I go out where many many people have much skin exposed and it seems to me that everyone has a tattoo...we'll, everyone but us.

So, I figure, if I get a tattoo, it would be words rather than a picture, and not some Chinese character that probably doesn't mean what the tattooist says it means, or the name of my woman (I've always wanted an appropriate context in which to write that phrase!), or "Mom," or "Harley Davidson," etc....

I'd probably go literary, say, the first line of Keats' "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" or Euripides' The Bacchae, or maybe the complete lyrics of  Irving Berlin's "Fella with an Umbrella," or the opening sentence of Billie Holiday's autobiography, or, maybe not.  Maybe I will go commercial and try the logo of Hostess Snowballs or Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries.  But, no, words are better: perhaps some catchy phrase from Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class, or maybe just "Thorstein Veblen."

Then again, maybe no tattoo at all.


  1. I'd thought of that, but it couldn't be a portrait. I'd go with one of the lines from his death speech in "From Here to Eternity" ("Prew, listen to me. Fatso done it."); or one of his duets with his daughter, "Feelin' Kinda Sunday;" or his scale salary for making "From Here to Eternity": $8,000; or maybe just this list: Nancy, Ava, Mia, Barbara!

  2. One of my favorite tatoo's...

  3. I vote just write the beginning of pride and prejudice or something...