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Alright, I need opinions. This may be a strange question. For quite some time, I've been considering getting the quote: "Come at once if convenient- if inconvenient come all the same." Obviously from Sherlock Holmes, and relatively well known. I love the way it sums up their friendship & find it apropos to mine as well. However! I'm a little concerned that, out of context, it may be too easily misconstrued as innuendo. While I love the quote, I don't want to get something easily interpreted as something entirely different. What do you think- is it recognisable, benign, or too out-of-context?
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On July 10th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC), heatherlayne_n commented:
You might want to think about where you'd put it on your body. It also might be less likely to be misconstrued if it's in a computer-y, text-y font, maybe.

That said, I LOVE BBC Sherlock and I love this idea for a tattoo!
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On July 10th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Thank you! I know, I already loved the books, but I can honestly say that I've never obsessed over a show the way I have this one.

I'm already in the process of getting a floral piece (with bees, also a Sherlock nod) on my thigh, and had originally thought of including the quote as part of it. You're probably right about the text-type font, although I had also thought of getting it in a nearly illegible, spikey cursive (because I just don't see Sherlock writing too neatly.)
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On July 10th, 2013 08:17 am (UTC), faerie_mistress commented:
If your planned placement is going to put it 'on show', as long as you're prepared for questions about it I think it's OK. It's a subtle enough innuendo that people will question rather than be offended I think. Honestly, I think the most common question will be 'can you hold still so I can read your tattoo?' as it's long enough a phrase that people will need time to process it.
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On July 10th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Ahh, that's a good point. I was hoping that the wording might be weird enough that it wouldn't jump out that way. The original idea was to put it on my thigh with a new floral piece, which has the benefit of not being seen often, for fewer explanations.
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On July 11th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC), faerie_mistress replied:
Sounds lovely! :)
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On July 10th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC), chimera461 commented:
Firstly, I love that quote!

Secondly, where are you thinking of placing it? Somewhere very visible, or somewhere that is usually covered? You could simply decide to have it in a less obvious place where you can expose or conceal it as desired. Also, were you planning to just have the text? You could easily help people figure out the Sherlock connection by working in some kind of Sherlock design, like a pipe or the deerstalker etc.
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On July 10th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Thanks! As mentioned above, the original idea was to put it on my thigh, but in conjunction with a botanical-esque floral piece (with bees, which is another Sherlock reference, but again, a subtle one.)
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On July 10th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC), sxdx commented:
I was (embarrassingly) unfamiliar with that quote and did not at all think of anything sexual when I read over a few times it until you mentioned it further down in the entry.

ETA: there IS the chance for poor placement here, though.

Edited at 2013-07-10 10:23 am (UTC)
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On July 10th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Thank you! You were the perfect target audience, then. :) I understand that there will be the occasional misinterpretation, I'd just rather that not be the default response.
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On July 10th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC), elsewhereangel commented:
Placement and font will be huge with this one. Stick to a limb and get a typeface rather than handwriting. Consider having a small calabash pipe involved.
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On July 10th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Thanks for you thoughts! I had been thinking of an very spikey, sort of illegible handwriting (rather than a pretty cursive,) but you may be on to something with the typeface.
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On July 12th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC), elsewhereangel replied:
Spiky and illegible could work too! I'm thinking pretty would be misconstrued constantly. Good luck!
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On July 10th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC), pwalkeri commented:
SHERLOCK♥

I love their dynamic and I think the quote sounds innocent enough, even out of context. :)
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On July 10th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
<3

I know, aren't they fun? The show is fantastic, and after having watched it, I love this part in the book. It comes as a telegram, interrupting Watson's work, and when he comes over, Sherlock smokes his pipe and ignores him for half and hour, and then suddenly asks him why dogs bite people. It made me laugh so much.
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On July 10th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC), pleure commented:
i also am almost completely unfamiliar with the sherlock universe (i know that it's a thing. that's about it), and i did not get anything sexual from the quote on the first read. i can definitely give it a sexual tone in my head now that i'm thinking about it, but it wasn't my gut reaction. you might be safe.
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On July 10th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Thanks! Once it occurred to me, I couldn't un-think it, and I couldn't figure out how common of a reaction that would be. >.>
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On July 10th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC), acetank commented:
Regrettably I am not as mature and levelheaded as the rest of the community and my immediate thought was innuendo.
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On July 10th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
Haha, you are exactly the kind of person I was worried about. :D Don't worry, you're in good company with most of my friends as well.
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On July 10th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC), jillianfish commented:
Nope, never heard of it but nothing sexual came to mind at all. Of course I do spend a great deal of time reading Agatha Christie, etc so the language was already familiar to me. I thought it was marvelously witty, though!
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On July 10th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
isn't it fantastic? I just love the phrasing. (Also, agatha christie = <3)
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On July 10th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC), musicksempire commented:
I really like the idea of including it with your flower/bee thigh piece. Maybe as a banner or a scroll so it looks like a note to be sent.
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On July 10th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC), sanslimites replied:
ahh I love your icon, that gives me flashbacks to my early fantasy years. And thank you! Maybe if it's included as part of a larger piece it will be more innocuous. :D
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On July 12th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC), kehleyr commented:
I LOVE IT! If you do it please share pics :-D
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On July 13th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC), theironchocho commented:
Maybe you could add -Sherlock or -SH at the end to put it in context. I don't think you need to, though. I agree with all the comments that placement and font are key.
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On July 15th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC), jabberwockyjo commented:
I think this would probably be read as innocent...

HOWEVER

This post made me giggle because I'm considering getting the quote on my inner thighs as a sexual innuendo. I'm an immature lit nerd.

ALSO

I have a BBC Sherlock tattoo! I still need to post it (and four other text/lit tats), but my girlfriend and I each have "sentiment" tattooed above our ditch (inner elbow). Yay Sherlock!
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On August 5th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC), gandalfs_mother replied:
I love this idea for a tattoo!
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