Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Locanda Sturion

Locanda Sturion (2006, 9"x9"x1.5", acrylic on canvas) Available

Stupid people, bad tattoos

I haven’t posted to my blog in quite awhile. I’ve been pretty busy with low-paying menial jobs and then I had a summer intensive class. On the bright side, I am now certified to teach English in foreign countries. On the down side, I can’t find a job in Saskatoon that doesn’t involve me serving food to society’s degenerates, which is another fabulous illustration of why so many people are leaving this God forsaken province. At any rate, I thought I would post some articles about stupid people who get Chinese characters tattooed onto their bodies when they can’t read a character in Chinese. Brilliant. Another good case of why continuing education should be ardently supported.

Here is one from the U.K: The Truth About this Badly Drawn Boy
A teenager who paid £90 to have his arm tattoed with Chinese characters got a shock when he learned the message read: 'At the end of the day, this is an ugly boy. Hairdresser Lee Becks thought he had Mandarin for 'Love, honour and obey' etched into his skin.

The 18-year-old found out that he had been tricked when he saw the effect it had on a woman serving at a Chinese take-away. 'At first, she said something about me making people laugh and talked about a crown,' he said.

'But then I realised she was really saying clown, not crown. The young woman blushed and was very reluctant to translate for me. Then she admitted what it really said. 'A 'totally mortified' Mr Becks went back to the tattoo parlour in Southend, the next day - only to find it had closed.

He added: 'I suspect the tattooist knew he was closing and just wanted to get his own back for some reason. I always wanted a tattoo and the design looked great. Now I am stuck with it but have to keep it covered up.'

When he dared show off his arm at a nightclub, a group of Chinese girls came up - and burst out laughing. Even his friends have been finding it hard to keep straight faces.His employer, Gary Doyle, said: 'He's a bit sensitive about the tattoos - they look very trendy if you don't know what they really mean. I don't think Lee stands much of a chance with any attractive young Chinese lady he may meet.'
Mr Becks plans to spend £600 to have the tattoo removed by laser.