Friday, November 2, 2007

New Tattoo

As a demonstration of my commitment to Iraq Veterans Against the War, I have decided to get an IVAW tattoo on my right forearm to mirror the USMC tattoo on the left. (see photo)

It reads:

For those who fight for it,
Life has a special flavor,
The protected never know.

I have an idea for what the IVAW tattoo would say that would be an expression of the philosophical ideals of IVAW, but I am open to suggestions. It should be approximately the same number of words or letters per line, and ideally in the same tempo. If anyone comes up with something better than what I have, I'll use it and put your name underneath. Just kidding! But you will at least get credit for it here and my eternal gratitude.

I will be posting suggestions as they come in, even if in the form of hate mail and good-natured joshing. Here is the first from Sholom Keller, IVAW member extraordinaire:

Goddamn hippies,
They say they want to change the world,
But all they do is smoke pot and smell bad.


Anonymous said...

Since '92 I've voted Democratic, and loved Republican, since before, the men just turn me on so much more! ;) Get my name as a tatoo, and I'll do u like a 3000 dollar whore. Shalom! ...or so I've been told by such from said party...

Anonymous said...

The strength to right a wrong,
Requires much more than that,
The knowledge of how to use it

Anonymous said...

Well...since you originally did a quote on one arm, I think another quote would be appropriate (sorry for the length):

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

Jo Rumpell said...

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...~Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

Knowledge is the antidote to fear. - Emerson (1803-1882)


Truth fears no trial. - Thomas Fuller, M.D.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that Andrea Gibson poem you had Brittany and I listen to, called "For Eli" should be on your IVAW arm.
"Not all casualties come home in body bags." -Andrea Gibson

Your pal, Yvette Coil

lightbringer said...

Innocence betrayed;
reborn through fire and sand.
Citizen soldiers remain!

Anonymous said...

To do all which may achieve and cherish

A just and lasting peace,

Among ourselves,

And with all nations.

Anonymous said...

I think the tattoo would last longer than IVAW. Nothing against IVAW; I think of it ending as a good thing, as it would mean it's goals have been accomplished. Of course you'd still have friends and contacts from it in 30 years as everybody goes their separate ways in the lives they wanted, but that's different. Then again, my take is biased, as I'm not a fan of tattoos, and therefore naturally focus on the negatives of getting one versus the positives! Which reminds me of this one girl I saw recently with a trashy #24 NASCAR tattoo on her leg. Ugh...

Good luck, hope it turns out great and makes you feel tingly every time you look at it!

Human said...

Peace to you and yours.
I'm not much on tats.However I do have a suggestion.
Since the MSM chooses to ignore or marginalize our demonstrations I would like you and other organizers to seriously consider holding a large demo at CNN HQ in Atlanta. Maybe during spring break so as to get some of the younguns to show up. And maybe a Sitdown and Shutdown of the place. If say 200k+ showed up like we did in Oct. 2005 in DC, we would be pretty hard to ignore. Especially if CNN's employees could get to work.

Anonymous said...

p.s....and I would do u like that, over & over & over again~~~~;)

from 1st poster-

Anonymous said...

I have decided what my first & only tatoo will be, u. ;)

Jo Rumpell said...

One more, a bit shorter:

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

And for those who embrace it,
Truth grants a certain peace,
The free can only know.

Of course you could always use from your Sept. 15 speech "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."...and there are some really good quotes that I like but might not fit exactly for this like
"We know the truth,
not only by the reason,
but also by the heart."
Blaise Pascal
"They who would give up and essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
Ben Franklin

good luck!

Anonymous said...

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

Jo & Adam, I say hell yes! Perfect, but we shall keep thinking of more 4 u!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Yes! Your quote from the 15th. It is brilliant!

Terri Creech said...

To witness a crime and stay silent makes one an accomplice. We will not be silenced.

Anonymous said...

"Much more genius is needed to make over than to command armies" -- Ninon de Lencios (1620-1705)