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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
I think this would probably be read as innocent...
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.
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!