06-16-2004, 06:52 PM #1
Finally decided to get some kind of tattoo...
...I know "what" i'm getting (i'll attach a 'rough' visual below) I'm just not sure where. I want it somewhere that is covered a good chunk of the time (ie, no hands, forearms, face, neck, etc). I'm thinking on the back between the shoulder blades.
Anyway, what I decided on was the Greek word (arete') in its original Greek lettering. "Arete'" is literally translated as 'virtue', and has been further stated by some to also be interchangable with 'manhood', though incorrectly. Like all literal translations, however, much is lost in the act. The term, which would be familiar to all readers of Plato, as he was borderline obsessed with it, is, in the broad sense, representative of the notion that you are to work to attain the pinnacle of your own potential in all regards, and it is THAT which comes to represent perfection of sorts. Thus, perfection is not in being perfect, per se, but rather in making the most of your unique faculties. For a variety of reasons, this really applies to my outlook on life, behavior, etc, etc and is very fitting to those who know me.
06-16-2004, 06:57 PM #2
I got a tattoo once....
BTW... be a man, get it across your throat.
06-16-2004, 07:02 PM #3
on the side of your neck
06-16-2004, 07:13 PM #4Originally Posted by BigGreen
06-16-2004, 07:15 PM #5
Big Green - anyone ever tell you that you are very VERBOSE!!!
06-16-2004, 07:15 PM #6
I like to translate arete as excellence.
I also like that in greek it almost looks like apathy, which would be the complete opposite of arete.
Originally Posted by BigGreen
06-16-2004, 10:07 PM #7
between your shoulder blades.... t6 area.........The answer to your every question
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06-17-2004, 12:21 AM #8
BigGreen, don't take this the wrong way but guys like you should not get tattoo's. You are too good for them. IMO tattoo's are for military men, sailors, rockstars, ex-cons, bums and wannabes. Of course they are no longer permanent so it's kind of a non issue.
06-17-2004, 12:27 AM #9Originally Posted by bdtr
06-17-2004, 12:31 AM #10
AandF6969 just bought 400 temporary tattoos off of ebay, were gonna put on a bunch of em at a time n work out
06-17-2004, 01:59 AM #11
dont do it bro!
06-17-2004, 03:14 AM #12Originally Posted by Warrior
And if you get it, make sure it's somewhere discreet. I'm getting lettering done in Italian soon, and it's gonna be somewhere discreet- tats' like that aren't the type that go somewhere high traffic and visible.
06-17-2004, 05:24 AM #13
get prison letters bro...lol
06-17-2004, 08:58 AM #14Originally Posted by bdtr
listen to him, once you get one you cant stop. i thought it was going just one, but no.
06-17-2004, 09:07 AM #15
I got one on my ankle, calf and back about ten years ago over a one year period. No one can see them unless I'm in shorts or a tank top ( basically safe for business but always wore long pants when golfing). At this point I forget that I even have them. If I had it to do over I wouldn't have gotten any.
06-17-2004, 12:06 PM #16
If I were to get one it would be the airborne wings and "Death from Above," after next summer when I go to airborne school
06-17-2004, 02:31 PM #17
06-17-2004, 03:09 PM #18
Dont look in the mirror with your top off then bro
06-17-2004, 06:00 PM #19
If my arms were like 22" I would get a tattoo. It would be a unicorn with a rainbow behind it. Underneath it would say "BADASS". I figure if I had 22" arms no one would say anything. Mark
06-17-2004, 06:01 PM #20Originally Posted by mfenske
06-17-2004, 06:09 PM #21Originally Posted by Warrior
06-17-2004, 06:11 PM #22Originally Posted by mfenske
06-17-2004, 07:03 PM #23
tatoo's suck chicks dig scars. Save the money spend it on doing something dangerous and fun
06-17-2004, 07:09 PM #24
I got 3 tattoos and have no regrets about any of them. They are all in places that can be easily hidden when I want and also shown when I want... Got one on my left shoulder blade, one on my right shoulder blade, and one on my waistline on the right side.
06-17-2004, 07:10 PM #25Originally Posted by M PWR
06-17-2004, 07:13 PM #26
dont get one. You spend most of your life old and they looked ****ed up when your old and wrinkly!
06-17-2004, 07:34 PM #27
kick ass dude....Gotta love tat's...I think bdtr needs another.
06-17-2004, 09:40 PM #28
Im doing my entire left calf from my ankle to my knee in a full color mural zombie scene, dawn of the dead style.
Originally Posted by punk_bbuilder
06-17-2004, 09:55 PM #29Swellin Guest
One day, I want a couple of tats...the next day I don't. I guess that means I should not get any...kind of like sticking your d!ck in a light socket....you might want to try it one day...but later you will regret it.
Big Green, I'm not real certain that I want Plato fans staring at a part of my anatomy long enough to translate anything. I've never met that many hot women that could be woo'd with a discussion of The Republic.
Bdtr...1 more post for 5k.
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