Hi guys, as I'm still working on my literary chest piece I thought I'd post my friends' literary tattoos.
First up is my friend Trent's latest of a passage from an Alexander Pope poem. The tattoo is fresh hence the pinkness and yes it is straight he's just lumpy.
Next are two on my friend Matt. First is a quote from the Hoggfather by Terry Pratchett and the second is a book plate (Ex Libris means from the library of - his gf writes her name on there frequently...lol) Again both are straight I just fail at photos.
A good friend of mine is a tattoo artist and we've had this conversation many times because he is a horrible speller. And yes, he has spelled things wrong on people before. He made the good point that unless a tattoo is done freehand (which is inadvisable in most situations and not too frequently done), the person getting tattooed always sees the stencil -- both drawn out and then on their body in terms of placement. If you're getting words, names, etc. I'd think double-checking the spelling would be paramount and since a tattoo artist can't be expected to know everyone about your favorite quote/family member/lyric/foreign language, it kind of falls on the recipient.
That said, I love to have this discussion. I'm constantly entranced by tattoos with misspellings or other errors and always want to know HOW they happened.
My tattoo has the word "privilege" in it, and I can't even tell you how long I stared at that word WONDERING if it was spelled right in the days before my tattoo. Even now I look at it and it seems wrong, but I know it isn't!