Tattoos (please note, pictures are only posted on myspace)

Alright you guys have been asking me to post pictures and I promised to show you some. And I will only do this in my blog. I won’t post my tattoos in my photo albums. I don’t know, I find it too personal. At least not many people read my blog, so there you go.

1. Tattoo on right arm – The Question Mark

My first tattoo. A socalled semi-permanent tattoo, which apparently doesn’t exist. I’m the living proof, too, because I was told that it would disappear after 5 years. I had it done when I was 18/19. The meaning is simple, but philosophical. I have too many questions in my life to which I have no answers. I used to admire John Rzeznik’s tattoos. He has loads of question marks tattooed on his arm and a man sits in the middle of it.

2. Tattoo down the back on the right – The Fish/Shark

The only tattoo that doesn’t really have a meaning. I like fish, they are quiet and don’t complain. I sort of associated it with the band Feeder, because Grant Nicholas used to have a goldfish named Feeder.

3. Tattoo on the left shoulder – The Moon

It is about Shakespeare. Whenever he mentions the moon in his plays, people don’t seem to be quite sane and they start to do something crazy. Take Othello as an example. The moon symbolises madness. I used to associate it with my ex, as I used to call him names that contained the word “moon”. Well, I had it redone this year, so it’s all brand new now.

4. Tattoo on the neck – Zodiac Sign

No, goddammit, it’s not Pisces, it’s not Gemini. I’m Cancer. If you have no idea what all the zodiac signs look like, then google them. Well, I wanted the circle bits to look different, so it wouldn’t look so boring. I told the tattoo artist that I wanted them to portray alien heads. And he did a damn good job. It’s my best tattoo so far without having had any trouble. The fine lines prove it all. Every time people look at it, I know what they think and I want them to be honest. Come on: sperm, tadpoles, skulls, etc.

5. Tattoo on the right shoulder – Saturn

Saturn has a long story: It is my favourite planet, even though people say it is the planet of death and destruction. Saturn is the planet of my favourite God from Greek Mythology. His name is Cronos, the God of Harvest and the origin of the Grim Reaper. You know this cloaked guy carrying a sickle? He is based on Cronos because Cronos castrated his father with a sickle and let him bleed to death. The idea of the Grim Reaper simply fascinates me. Lastly Saturday derives from Saturn. The sixth day equals the sixth planet. I was born on a Saturday.
It’s getting redone soon.

6. Tattoo on my left wrist – Rorschach’s signature

I would never get anything tattooed that’s based on a real life person, but fictional characters are an exception. Watchmen is my favourite comic book and Rorschach my favourite comic book character. Despite of the right-wing attitude, he fights for justice. He knows who he is and what his job is. I admire his black and white thinking. I wish I was like that sometimes. Everything would then be so much easier. But what I admire most is his honesty, because he’s a moral absolutist. “Never compromise, not even in the face of armageddon…” He makes me question my honesty or what I call honesty. Maybe I’m not as honest as you think I am.

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