Thursday, September 23, 2004


Dalrymple on Tattoos

It's a few years old, but this essay on tattoos by Theodore Dalrymple is still worth reading. A sample:
One cannot but feel sorrow for people who think that by permanently disfiguring themselves they are somehow declaring their independence or expressing their individuality. The tattoo has a profound meaning: the superficiality of modern man's existence.
Anthony Daniels is the real name of the pseudonymous Theodore Dalrymple, a fact useful in tracking down the scattered online essays of this extraordinary doctor and writer.

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