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A New Way To Look at Wrenches

Hi all, I’m back, despite ongoing challenges with the website. All will be well soon.

I felt the need today to share a story of tool-centric mayhem. I saw what may very well be the worst tattoo in history. Now, the sad truth is that most tattoos are bad, whether you are an enthusiast or you think tattoos are trash.

The wrong design, on the wrong person, on the wrong muscle, with improper execution/color/intention/needles. It can–and does–go wrong in so, so many ways.

However, this one was a very high-quality tattoo. Of a crescent wrench the length of a man’s forearm. The crescent wrench was wreathed in flames. Three yellow banners were interlaced with the flames, and the banners held the words, thusly displayed:




Now then, what do you make of this? Is this just a man who will never stop using a wrench? Is the wrench a metaphor for unknown, wrenching traumas?

It made about as much sense to me as having a tattoo of a pencil sharpener that said:




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  • Jack M February 5, 2015, 6:11 am

    Sounds like a literal statement to me. Maybe this guy is a plumber?

  • Elizabeth February 5, 2015, 6:52 am

    I think I might have had to ask…

  • dunce two February 6, 2015, 5:08 pm

    How do people with tattoos feel about being approached and asked about them generally? I saw a dude with what looked like some kind of soldier creed on his bicep in Latin. I thought about asking him about it, but then wondered if he had gotten the tattoo for the specific purpose of having people like me ask him about it so he would have an excuse to beat me up. And so didn’t ask. But should I have?

    • Josh Hanagarne February 7, 2015, 1:45 pm

      Just speaking for myself, I think if you’re going to have visible tattoos, you should plan on getting asked about them. Then you can say “none of your business,” if you want, but I’ve never felt that way.

    • Elizabet February 9, 2015, 1:34 pm

      I have one, though it’s not completely visible. It’s on my shoulder and part of it’s visible depending on what shirt I’m wearing. I’m not opposed to anyone asking about mine, but I’m also not scary looking. I usually get the “YOU have a tattoo???” type responses.

      It would depend on the situation on if I’d ask a stranger about theirs. You’d be surprised how approachable many “scary looking” guys are, especially about their ink and the meaning behind it. There may be some “I just liked it” but I think a lot of people also get ones that remind them of events in their lives.

  • Shauna February 12, 2015, 6:24 pm

    they have always appealed to me, but I like to juxtapose my good Mormon girl exterior with hints that I am perhaps more complex than I may appear. But too hesitant to commit. Currently considering a winged beehive based on a coin design from the state of Deseret.

    I often ask where people got their tattoos which they seem to enjoy talking about–but I hesitate to ask what they mean. too personal unless you really know them.