This is my friend Tony (on the left) and myself. We both had this tattoo when we met. Never had either of us met another person with a knuckle tattoo in this fashion, but to have the same words? We knew immediately that we would be close friends, and have remained so since the day we met.
The odd thing? We are both in recovery, and the tattoo symbolized the same thing for both of us. To never regret where we came from, but to always look forward to who we can become.
I’ve realized the best way to explain why I got this on my knuckles is to present a simple piece of writing by Dorothy Parker which reads:
Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.
Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.
As much as I have loved each very much, I always “trade up”. This is what you do throughout the course of life, I just end up doing it back to back. The result being many broken hearts. As soon as I win a heart, I break it. It is a line from one of my favorite songs and I felt like it should be added to my collection of “warning” tattoos. Then, when I leave the next one, I can say, “I warned you” and maybe feel a little less guilty.
Tattooed by Doug Curtis at Diablo Rojo who also tattooed her other warnings: A giant “Poison” girl on my chest and a line down my arm:”The sweeter the apple, the blacker the core.”