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The Literary Tattoo

Old Fonts

The Gutenberg Museum in Las Vegas has a fascinating old font type displayed on its exterior walls,

Body Text

Though the above text is from the outside of the Gutenberg Museum in Las Vegas, NV, the old font dates back to Johannes Gutenberg’s first movable type that was employed in the 1400’s.  These stylish letters are still in use today and they represent  something a skilled tattoo artist might choose to apply to a client’s epidermis. Not every tattoo employs words, but many do, often combining a select few words with a simple design or image.

Miley Cyrus in 2012, from wikipedia

Miley Cyrus in 2012, from wikipedia

Hannah Montana Gets A Tattoo

“So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt from his “Citizenship in a Republic” speech given in Paris.

Miley Cyrus just had the above 19 words tattoed on one of her wrists. I comes from a longer well-known passage that has been dubbed  ” The Man In the Arena”. Here is a larger selection from the speech that Roosevelt gave at the Sorbonne on April 23, 1910.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

This passage is one of the favorites of Richard Nixon, who quoted from it during  his election night victory speech (November 6, 1968) and then again when he resigned on August 8 1974.

This is not the first tattoo that Miley has had added to her epidermis. In fact, so far in life the young actress and singer has accumulated more than a dozen. Considering that her brother and father are well-inked, this quotation on her arm will probably not be the last bit of ink added to her body.

Tattoo Removal

Also in the news are the tattoos of Nikki Taylor, a well known American super model. However, instead of adding more designs to her body, she is having one removed from her forearm. According to OMG of Yahoo, this is not the first tattoo, Nikki has had removed. In fact, she claims that the two tattoos she has had removed  by laser surgery have been more painful than childbirth. She goes on to say that she is removing the tattoo, because it is an impediment to getting modeling work.


2 Responses to “The Literary Tattoo”

  1. awesome tattoos, do you mind if i share this?

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