I don’t have any tattoos and I probably never will. I think they’re interesting, and hear they’re addictive, but for me, their permanence is far too much of a commitment. Before I graduated from college, however, I almost got a small tattoo on the back of my neck of this Good/Evil ambigram pictured left. If you look at it one way, it says the word “Good,” but from a different angle, it reads “Evil” bringing together two polar opposites in one entity.
Having always been fascinated by the duality of life as highlighted by designers such as Alexander McQueen, I thought this tattoo might be a good choice. But, I wasn’t that serious about it, so I never ended up going through with it. Perhaps, as I get more into interior decorating, I’ll use this very image and concept for a future room design.
Another tattoo I would get if I were ever to get one would be the phrase “Protect Me From What I Want” written in script on my wrist. This ink idea was inspired by a work by conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer. I had the pleasure of seeing this piece last winter at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and was truly touched by its powerful message. While aspiring to greatness in a world of materialism, it would be nice to have a constant reminder to take a step back and this work of art illustrates that perfectly.