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Miracle Ink

April 27th, 2010 by

Tattoos have a long history in various cultures around the world.  Some cultures use tattoos as symbols of a person’s passage into adulthood or manhood.  Some cultures use tattoos to tell stories about the sea and the gods, and some cultures even believe that tattoos have mystical capabilities that can provide the wearer with powers like invisibility and immense strength.  For the most part, the dominant cultures of the western hemisphere only really use tattoos as reminders of important things or fashion.  However, there are some people who would disagree with that statement and argue that tattoos can defy the conventional and actually be life savers.You guys wanna get tattooed?

Take Luke Fisher, for example.  Just 48-hours after the 18-year-old Droitwich, Worcestershire, England resident had his tattoo of a guardian angel with the words “Only the strong survive” completed, he crashed his car head-on into a tree and broke his neck in three places.  Doctors initially believed that Fisher would never walk again, but it now looks as though he’ll need to wear a halo neck brace for three months before taking on 18 months of physiotherapy.  A long recovery period for sure, but Fisher is simply lucky to be alive.

Very much aware of how lucky he is to be alive, Fisher claims that it was his tattoo, his guardian angel that watched over him and kept him safe after the horrible crash.

‘I was meant to be joining the Army, so I had it [the tattoo] done before I went. I also do a lot of dangerous sports, so it just seemed like a good thing to have.

‘I think it definitely helped me in this case – it is quite a coincidence.

‘I just hope it will continue to look over me. I’m having another tattoo on my leg next.’

I don’t want to be the naysayer here and piss all over Fisher’s survival and recovery, but why is it the tattoo that saved him?  If it’s possible that the tattoo saved him, then isn’t it just as possible that the tattoo caused the crash in the first place?  Obviously not, but yet when you think about either option, is it not just as ridiculous either way?  If the tattoo had the power to save him from the crash, why didn’t it go the extra distance and prevent the crash altogether?  Why tattoo???  WHY??

Anyway, I just like to be the Devil’s advocate now and then.  Now harm, no foul.  All the best to Luke and to his recovery.

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