Yesterday Bossy wrote about Robert Downey Jr.’s tattoo, and it got Bossy thinking about
Robert Downey Jr. tattoos.
Bossy admires tattoos but never wanted to get one herself, mostly because of their permanence. Also you’re stuck with it. But lately Bossy can appreciate the value of selecting a particular image, word, name, or icon that holds a profound meaning for a point in time.
In fact, Bossy is an expert in these matters because she got her master’s degree in Tattoo Iconography, which means she used to watch Miami Ink. And Bossy is here to tell you most people have a very interesting and complex story behind their tattooed images. Tattoos represent a turning point in the past, or a new beginning. They represent people and places and the things that happened there.
Many people select Chinese characters to express something:
While some people choose the name of a loved one they can carry with them, forever:
Some people select only a very small image, modestly placed:
While others showcase a larger scene across an expanse of skin:
These days Bossy likes to contemplate which tattoo image she would select and where it would be placed. Four years ago, Bossy’s kids drew a couple of tattoos on Bossy for a Halloween costume party:
When it comes to the permanent image Bossy contemplates tattooing on her upper arm, she has this to say: Barbed wire, really? And it would symbolize what? Bossy’s captivity?
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy and her council what sort of image you would tattoo if you could, and what that image means?
And be sure to check back later today for the most tattooed comments on the web.
If you missed last week’s Ten-Word Challenge, click here to see where Bossy and her council would choose to move if they were leaving their homeland.
And don’t miss Bossy’s new feature, debuting today at the bottom of her left column. Look! It’s Bossy’s son!