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    1. ROFL!

      Anyone ridiculous and vain enough to get such a tattoo (derived from a really dumb pop song) deserves to live with this kind of consequence.

        1. Creep up? I’ll see that tattoo from the other side of the swimming pool! (And probably make a point of avoiding that particular swimmer for the forseeable future.)

  1. A type is one thing, but ALL CAPS, in gothic? Unforgivable.

    Unlike Roman capitals, gothic capitals were never made to be used in all caps, and they look terrible that way. :p

    1. Actually, in the world of typography “gothic” applies to things like Helvetica and Arial.

      That “Olde English” style lettering is technically a version of blackletter, of which there are a number of quite distinct flavors.

      1. In the world of **calligraphy** Gothic refers to forms such as Gothic Textura Quadrata. Calligraphy scripts predate “typefaces.”

        “The term Gothic was first used to describe this script in 15th-century Italy, in the midst of the Renaissance, because Renaissance Humanists believed it was barbaric. Gothic was a synonym for barbaric. Flavio Biondo, in Italia Illustrata (1531) thought it was invented by the Lombards after their invasion of Italy in the 6th century.”



      2. German used to be printed exclusively in that kind of font until fairly recently.

        Regardless of what the “world of typography” calls it, it’s known, quite properly, as Gothic. As in, of the Goths, the old Germanic tribes.

        1. Not really…

          Not “German” per se, not “exclusively”, not “that kind of font”, not “until fairly recently”.

          And no, not “known” as “Gothic”, and certainly not “properly”. And nothing to do with the Goths either, who had their own script:

          And the Goths were not “the” old Germanic tribes. The Goths were one of the many ethnic-political entities speaking a Germanic language, just like the Angles, the Saxons, the Burgundians, the Vandals, and many more.

          It would take half a library to dispel all the fallacies compressed in your two sentences. Makes me wonder whether a little learning is that much better than a dumb, dyslexic typo.

    2. Maybe the tattoo gun only does Gothic.

      (That was a joke folks.)

      And that looks suspiciously like a classic “jail house tat,” which means that these two probably didn’t have access to a dictionary.

  2. Some of us cultural Jews have a natural reversion to any tattoos at all. Seeing the one stamped on my mother-in-law’s arm from a concentration camp makes me dislike all tattoos.

    But it is fun to see the stooopidity of some.

        1. The word you’re looking for is aversion. A natural reversion to tattoos would imply that your skin reverts to it’s original colour, or in the opposite of direction of the colour of the tattoo.

          1. I’d prefer “aversion” here as well, but I think NewEnglandBob is technically okay using “reversion”. Check the definition he quotes; it’s valid and seems to be the meaning he is intending.

            1. Perhaps the preposition is the problem. I would have taken the meaning sooner if it had been stated “reversion before” or “reversion in the face of”. Still, aversion seems better. I have an aversion to usages of obscure and possibly confusing dictionary definitions.

  3. Looks to me like this person deserves some understanding and sympathy. Not ridicule. Most of the comments so far remind me of school bullies having at the gays, Muslims, atheists, etc.

    1. You’re part-right. He deserves ridicule for his incredibly stupid choice of tattoo. He deserves sympathy for his incredibly poor choice of tattooist.

  4. I bow in the direction of youthful High Self-Esteem and Self-Regard. (Most likely a middle or high schooler here in the Land of the Fee and the Home of the Craven.)

    Let’s grant that this person is in fact “awesome.” While it may be true enough that “Hit ain’t braggin’ if hit’s thuh truth,” is it not better for that sentiment to issue from the mouths of others?

    At a school assembly a 7th grader wore a T-shirt with the following sign:

    The MAN (with arrow up)

    The LEGEND (with arrow down)

    He was escorted out and given a different shirt.

        1. Well, at least you’re humble.


          Click on “Research Interests,” under “Book Links.”

          Next we can work on the secret handshake.

  5. I used to enjoy the typos and unintentionally preposterous “wisdom” on interwebz pics of church signs. Then I discovered a site where you can make reasonably convincing fakes. Took some of the fun out of ridiculing the real thing.

    I don’t say this tattoo pic isn’t authentic. But I bet there are more than a few counterfeits out there too.

    1. I so agree. The more amazing the picture, the more skeptical I am. (Not talking about this particular one, now.) Same thing with movies; the more spectacular the stunt, the more my mind says, “just CGI.”

      Very discouraging, not to mention the fact that photo-documentation has been so completely compromised.

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