This fucking fucker of a tattoo’s fucked me up

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 22.29.24Anthropological interlude

Among the British savages

Dalrymple runs into three men with tattoos,

  • one with Fuck off
  • one with Fuck it
  • one with FTW, which stands for Fuck the world

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 22.40.26The trio tell Dalrymple that they

bitterly regret their youthful stupidity in having had themselves thus maimed. They did it to be like everyone else.

Another has Fuck off tattooed on his forehead in mirror writing. The message, the man tells Dalrymple,

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 22.37.25tends to wake him up in the mornings when he looks in the mirror.

Dalrymple observes that some men

have the letters LTFC tattooed on the knuckles of one hand and ESUK on the other. These appear enigmatic until the two hands are joined together.

In the customs of the British, a man who is tattooed in this fashion approaches, in the public house, a lady whom he admires and puts his hands together in front of her. She is charmed and flattered, and they begin their courtship.

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