Monday, July 14, 2008
Contrariwise is photoblog filled with pictures of literary quotations tattooed on people's skin, including Saint-Exupéry, Vonnegut, and Sylvia Plath. It's a pretty cool idea. I thought about what literary quotation I might select, and pretty quickly settled on a scene from Douglas Adams' So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, in which Marvin the robot sees God's Final Message His Creation:
"I think," he murmured at last from deep within his corroding, rattling thorax, "I feel good about it."
The lights went out of his eyes for absolutely the very last time ever.
Luckily, there was a stall nearby where you could rent scooters from guys with green wings.
But all joking aside, I would never actually get a tattoo. It's a permanent, almost unerasable mark identifying a person. And if you're sharp, you always want to be able to, on short notice, disappear, assume a new identity, and never be seen again. Think of it as a private Witness Protection Program. And tattoos are a limiter on that ability.