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Now the past it is a stranger


I am, after a conversation I had this morning, completely and utterly obsessed with a tattoo idea. A riff on the classic man’s ruin design, altered for my own ruin. It’d be like a hot cowboy, a bottle of whiskey, books (of lurid poetry, though I suppose no one would know what the books were unless I told them), cash, a guitar (with some musical notes or something) and, um, what else? Suggestions? It’s be in very classic 40s tattoo flash style and cover my whole forearm. Clearly I’d need to win the lottery before I did this, so future employment wouldn’t be a problem. And obviously many other people thought of this before me. Amusing geek version. And woman’s ruin, though not my ruin specifically. I seriously want this so badly I can practically taste it. Also I want a pirate tattoo. And the HCT logo. And some other stuff. I guess I’ll buy a lottery ticket on my way home.

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

8 thoughts on “Now the past it is a stranger

  1. Oh, I LOVE the tattoo idea. Hmm, what would go into mine… chocolate, dancing, and tv don’t sound like very exciting artwork, do they?

    And I must point you to Man’s Ruin Tattoos,, with an all-female staff. One of my friends got work done there and came back with a bumper sticker saying “I cried like a little girl at Man’s Ruin Tattoo.”

  2. That geek version is very amusing. My guy has no ink yet (which is odd, considering all that he does, what with his bass playing and rockabilly/psychobilly ways) and he’s also a gamer geek galore. That would be hilarious as his first tat. Heh.

  3. I can’t believe shoes didn’t make the list.

  4. Ha! It crossed my mind but then I sort of stonewalled myself when I started thinking about how many shoes it would be, in which case I might as well just get my lower arm sleeved in lots and lots of shoes…which actually, isn’t a bad idea.

  5. Oh! Now I want to get my tattoo there! Definitely winning the lottery, and then I’ll visit y’all and get inked!

  6. He should get a science version! With school supplies!!

  7. I let mine expire, too. Or, maybe it hasn’t yet. I just need the money for too many important things.

    Like food. *sigh*

  8. Hehe, I was going to ask how you could leave shoes out, too. šŸ˜€

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