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The Book Was Better Than the Movie and Your Tattoo

July 13th, 2009 by

It never ceases to amaze me what people will get tattooed on their bodies.  This can go either way: I’ve seen plenty of tattoos that I hadn’t considered as potentially good ideas, only to be proved wrong by how good they actually looked.  Of course, I’ve also seen plenty of tattoos that were not only terribly done, but revolved around a completely terrible idea as well.

Enter the movie/book fan tattoos.  These sorts of tattoos are in a constant state of fluctuation, in my books: from bad to not that bad but still not that good, either.  Call me a jerk, call me a hater, call me what you must, but I just can’t take a Harry Potter or Twilight tattoo seriously, no matter how good it may be.  Sorry.

But why shouldn’t I?  Aren’t they regular tattoo ideas, just like any other?  Is it fair of me to dismiss these tattoos simply because I think they’re lame?  Maybe.  I guess I just have a hard time swallowing the concept of a fantasy novel for children, like Harry Potter, being influential or important enough in anyone’s life to merit getting a shitty tattoo of Daniel Radcliffe done.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve actually read every Harry Potter novel and seen every film, so it’s not like I’m just looking at this from the point of view of someone who doesn’t see the appeal of such stories.  I guess I’d just like to ask one of these people who has a tattoo from Twilight or Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, etc…why.  What’s the appeal?

I guess the other thing that I find so bizarre about these sorts of tattoos is that when I was reading any one of the Harry Potter novels, I had my own image of what Harry Potter looks like in my mind.  So when people get tattoos of the actors who currently play such roles, I have to wonder how personal of a tattoo it really is.  

Well?  What say ye? 


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