Father and son sport forehead tattoos

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  1. buddy66 says:

    @#5:

    A possible life option for the kid is to get the forehead tat obscured with curlycues, add a few wavery lines and dots on his cheeks, change his name to Queequeg, claim to have been adopted by remote Polynisian islanders, and make the academic cocktail circuit as an anthro Ph.D candidate.

    He might even get a permit to carry a harpoon.

  2. Suburbancowboy says:

    Of course people this dumb would be fans of Larry The Cable Guy.

  3. paulm says:

    Uh, Mark, that would be “Git R Dun.”
    The other phrase would be severely
    illiterate.

  4. Jeff says:

    The young man looks like the kind of person who Neal Stephenson described in the Diamond Age–the one that had a gun implanted in his forhead with a warning similar to “PSYCHO.” What an attractive family.

  5. paulm says:

    Got it. Duh. Nevermind.

  6. sswaan says:

    #68 XOPHER: Thanks! I was feeling supremely clueless. I’m sure there are further depths of meaning to mine, but I’m just going to stop there and get back to work. ‘Cause those guys scare the crap out of me.

  7. deliciousidiot says:

    I would love to see these two face off in a brutal game of chess.

  8. Micah says:

    Paul, I think Git R Dun is the front and Got R Did is the back (which we can’t see).

  9. Kibble says:

    A guy in my little burg is in his late 30′s, and physically fit…in fact, buff. He favors tight jeans, tight muscle shirts, a large pirate-style earring and dark sunglasses (even inside a dimly-lit night club) to complement the giant spider tattoos on both forearms, the “biker gang” tattoos (complete with skulls and daggers!) on the upper arms, and the spiderweb tattoo that covers one entire side of his shaved head.

    This “gang” is composed, other than this guy, of the most risible bunch of potbellied, walrush-mustachio’ed, red-nosed, sad-clown-eyed fiftyish drunks you’ve ever seen. In fact, “Git R Dun” above would fit right in.

    Imagine if there were a Mayberry in hell, and it had a biker gang. Ernest T. Bass and Otis are founding members of course, but this tattoo-guy would be the city slicker who rolls into town to stir up the locals and tempt Barney to join the dark side.

    (I suppose I’m Floyd the barber.)

  10. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Hi Paulm: First, I did not write the excerpt. Second, if you read the excerpt, you’ll learn that “Got R Did” is tattooed on the *back* of his head.

  11. Xopher says:

    Robert 46-7: Except the geek version is less permanent.

    Exactly why I decided long ago to avoid tattooing. “Think of t-shirts you wore ten years ago,” went the argument. “Would you wear them today?”

    Now that I’m an adult, there are certain things I’m unlikely to change my mind about, and I’ve thought of getting a tattoo. I had one rule: no text, in any language. My current thinking is that I’ll get a small recycle symbol, just over my heart. This is not so much to promote recycling of paper and plastic and such as to proclaim two things: one, that I know my body is reusable by a proper ecosystem, and two, that I’m an organ donor.

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    Antinous 48: Wow. No, I did not know that. Or maybe I did, but if so I forgot. Thanks for that information.

    Of course, there’s nothing to stop someone who wants people to THINK he’s a murderer from getting one, but I think such a person is also best avoided.

  12. styrofoam says:

    Poor impulse control.

  13. Antinous says:

    there’s nothing to stop someone who wants people to THINK he’s a murderer from getting one

    If you fake your teardrop and end up in prison, I’m pretty sure that the real murderers sniff you out and make you pay.

  14. minamisan says:

    i met this guy once who had a swastika tattooed on one cheek and a star of david on the other. he had a few tears as well, smelled of urine and would have been completely insane even if he’d ever been sober, so to be honest i never asked him the reason. clearly a guy with some conflicts.

  15. trikitixa says:

    There was a guy in Seattle that had “punk” tattooed on his forehead, then changed it to “drunk” because that would be more acceptable for a job search. No joke.

  16. Uncle_Max says:

    @48: It can also mean a brother or a loved one has died. Larry Hughes has one in memory of his (younger?) brother, and I’m pretty sure he never killed anyone.

  17. Xopher says:

    Kibble 70: And Opie stays a whiny kid forever, and never grows up to be a fine movie director.

  18. David Carroll says:

    A much as I don’t admire these people, I have to have some admiration for a person who could tolerate having a tattoo put on their eyelid. EEWW!

  19. Antinous says:

    It can also mean a brother or a loved one has died.

    The underworld is not a good place to make semantic mistakes.

  20. grimshaw says:

    This reminds of the story of the british Skinhead who went to get his movement’s moniker, Oi!, tattoed on his forehead, but was sadly misunderstood by the tattoo artist who proceeded to fill in the word Oil. Possibly an urban myth.

  21. Craigers! says:

    I think the Got R Did refers to his successful procreation. Hopefully the son will not be able to get a “Got R Did” tattoo.

  22. Chelvis says:

    Face tattoos seem to be on the rise. In the past month, I’ve seen three different people riding the subway, during MORNING RUSH HOUR, in Midtown Manhattan. One, a female of about 30, seemed to a some type of enthusiast of esoteric spirituality, the other two were thuggish males. All three – fully tatted up faces – non-chalantly using public transport to get wherever they were going.

  23. Jeff says:

    Styrofoam, that’s it! And the kid in the book was executed in a most wonderful way–the Cookie Cutters! Ahhh!

  24. arkizzle says:

    #54 CUNNING

    I stared and stared, but all I got was this..

    Psych-R-Dun F T W !

    (..and as a ‘cross eyed’ magic-eye, it’s pretty bloody freaky..)

  25. JamesMason says:

    The tattoos actually serve as a really good warning to other people about the likelihood that the person possesses adequate judgment, rationality, etc.

    When I was younger, it seemed to me like tattoos were a signal that the person had really poor judgment.

    Now that they are so much more popular, my opinion has changed a little. I still think they are a bad idea. Given the studies about people not possessing their full capacities until their early 20′s, perhaps we should change the age when people can permanently alter their appearance from 18 to 21?

    I think it’s a reasonable question.

  26. Shasta McNasty says:

    The Neal Stephenson character with “poor impulse control” tattooed on his forehead was Raven in Snow Crash.

    The guy with the gun, executed with Cookie Cutters, was (er, hold on a sec…) Bud (thanks, Wikipedia) in Diamond Age.

  27. rushkoff says:

    I’d be afraid to hang out with someone who had the word ‘psycho’ tattooed on his forehead.

    I mean, if he cut my hand off or something, everyone would just tell me I should have known better. And I couldn’t argue, as I like to, that “well, he didn’t have the word ‘psycho’ tattooed on his forehead.”

  28. Xopher says:

    CaptainKarl, I don’t understand. I wasn’t aware that sperm contained any alcohol at all. Why would adding more…oh I get it. Never mind.

  29. ill lich says:

    The kid did that as a public service, so after he punches you in the face he can say “Hey– you wuz warned. . . or cain’t you read?”

  30. Jack W says:

    From the article…..”Bebee, who does odd jobs like home remodeling and demolition,”…..Is “Demolition” code for Breaking and Entering? I want them for neighbors!

  31. bl8ant says:

    it’s Early and Rusty Kyler (Squidbillies) in the human form! Proof can be found here: http://www.adultswim.com/shows/squidbillies/

    A country boy CAN survive! whooooo-dog!

  32. Beanolini says:

    Local legend averred that the Darlington Cannibal had ‘Subhuman’ tattooed on his forehead. In fact he had ‘Subhumans’ on one side of his head, ‘Disorder’ on the other, these being the names of two UK punk bands.

  33. zikzak says:

    How tasteless and vulgar these two ruffians of the lower classes are! Why, merely the sight of their unsightly body modifications reveals them to be no better than vermin!

    Imagine attending the opera with such a tattoo! Or meeting an ambassador, or delivering an oration at a civil society luncheon…it boggles the mind how such “people” can even survive!

    It’s true that in this age of modernity, the free and pure expression of one’s inner spirit is celebrated, but surely this is an exception! Such “free expression” is commendable when pursued in the manner of fine artistes and the refined philosophes of London and Paris…but this base expression by dirty, rural, impoverished swine is so, as the French would say, declassé!

  34. zikzak says:

    How tasteless and vulgar these two ruffians of the lower classes are! Why, merely the sight of their unsightly body modifications reveals them to be no better than vermin!

    Imagine attending the opera with such a tattoo! Or meeting an ambassador, or delivering an oration at a civil society luncheon…it boggles the mind how such “people” can even survive!

    It’s true that in this age of modernity, the free and pure expression of one’s inner spirit is celebrated, but surely this is an exception! Such “free expression” is commendable when pursued in the manner of fine artistes and the refined philosophes of London and Paris…but this base expression by dirty, rural, impoverished swine is so, as the French would say, declassé!

  35. V says:

    You’re missing the point here – we should be celebrating this, since it is increasingly rare for parents and children to find common ground and interests….

  36. neoshadow says:

    I think the fact that he has 8 children should make us all much sadder considering those pictures are mug shots.

    Stupidity run rampant!!! yay.

  37. billy says:

    do i spot similar next-to-eye markings as well ?

  38. Lex10 says:

    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  39. jazminecat says:

    why can’t we just put birth control in the water and be done with it.

  40. Elysianartist says:

    Who was it who said that the Dark Ages never really ended…?

  41. RJ says:

    I appreciate it when someone takes the time to have anything above their collar tattooed. It lets me know immediately and conveniently that the person isn’t worth my consideration or respect.

    Just the other day, I met a white guy with a shaved head and neck tattoos (among others). The tattoos themselves looked like little Star of David symbols. Upon closer inspection, however, I saw they were merely gang symbols (Bloods, I think? I can’t remember). They were apparently memorials to fallen comrades. The idiot also lifted his sleeves to proudly show off more similarly-themed tattoos on his arms and collarbone region.

    I wonder how many times a day people see that idiot’s neck tattoos and wonder if he’s a really, really hardcore Jew.

  42. Bobdotcom says:

    @22: nah, I think those are bottle-fight scars.

  43. Bottlekid says:

    Why have I never seen a MENSA tattoo?
    /strokes chin/

  44. Thalassus says:

    There are moments like this when I really start to think that whole “evolution” thing just really doesn’t work anymore.

  45. Kibble says:

    Every day the world I live in looks a little bit more like a Mad Max movie.

  46. Crunchbird says:

    Well, RJ, he’d have to be a “hardcore Jew” that didn’t really know much about Judaism, which totally prohibits tattooing.

    Interestingly, according to that page having a tattoo is not enough to prevent someone from being buried in a Jewish cemetery, contrary to what we may have learned from Curb Your Enthusiasm . . .

  47. Xopher says:

    ZikZak: Two words: mug shots.

  48. Mechalith says:

    The only facial tattoo I’ve ever seen that didn’t look retarded was my friend Mindy’s; it’s a tiny little blue star in the corner of her left eye. Kinda cute, easy to miss, and it fits her personality.

    Generally though, permanent markings on one’s face are a stupid idea.

  49. Cunning says:

    If you look closely, you’ll notice that each gentleman sports a forehead tattoo. It’s difficult at first, but be patient. Just like those MagicEye posters from the 90′s, if stare at them for long enough and relax your focus, you will eventually see them.

    BTW I was told that the tear drop tattoo denotes prison time.

  50. Landowner says:

    I thought it wasn’t fair to judge people based on the tattoos they get. And that most people with tattoos where high level IT managers. Haven’t we gone over this?

  51. geekazoid says:

    The hardest jews are in the Israeli army! And they get ink (look closely at his chest) as well as dodge large amphibians.

    http://dailyboomerang.com/2008/03/05/israeli-tourist-survives-crocodile-attack/

  52. agoodsandwich says:

    I’m just impressed that this guy found someone willing to procreate with him. Good job!

  53. RJ says:

    Therein lies the novelty of such a person! Judaism prohibits tattooing, yet the only way he could present his level of hardcore-ness to the world would be via neck tattoos. Such a person would likely be stupid enough to decide this issue with a coin flip.

    Either way, I didn’t mean to insult Judaism with my little joke. But the guy’s tats really did look like little religious symbols. The incongruity of it is what made me ask about them to begin with.

  54. Xopher says:

    Father of eight. Mug shots, both. Another son in prison, and a neo-Nazi to boot.

    Truly we are breeding for loserdom.

  55. virgil says:

    I wonder who they’re voting for (If they’re allowed to vote. Are they felons?). Also, it looks to me as though they each have a little tear tattoo beside the eye. Which is reassuring; it’s nice to know some grown men aren’t afraid of showing emotion.

  56. kiint says:

    dad used to punish him with a tattoo gun between beatings

  57. Springtime for Spacers says:

    Two very sad tattoos I’ve seen belonged to local neo nazis. The first had “BORN A SKIN DIE A SKIN” on his shaved head. (That’s “skin” as in skinhead btw). I always thought how apt that would be if he ended up unintentionally bald. The second hailed from the city of Leicester — note spelling. His homemade forehead tattoo simply said LECESTER.

  58. Jeff says:

    Kibble, mental illness is increasing, and guess what, no one wants to pay for all the treatment that is required. I can see a huge junk of federally funded health care going to fight depression, ADD,OCD… and it’s only getting worse. The best story I’ve ever read to describe what’s happening is Greg Bear’s Queen of Angles. Increased complexity in a system can create order. Unfortunatly chaos is the other side of the coin.

  59. Halloween Jack says:

    Dear God, I hope these two don’t vote.

  60. ivan256 says:

    #24

    You’d have to put it in the Bud Light.

  61. mappo says:

    These winners remind me of the opening sequence from Idiocracy.

  62. Bonnie says:

    If all guys tattooed their foreheads like this it sure would make my dating choices a lot easier.

  63. dnl2ba says:

    Eight kids! Idiocracy is right around the corner.

  64. lynnafred says:

    #35

    Around here, a tear shaped tattoo like that is a gang symbol.

  65. hilbertastronaut says:

    This would make a perfect Dalek recruitment ad.

    “Feeling down about humanity? Ever wanted to wipe them all out and start over? Now YOU TOO can EXTERMINATE!!! EXTERMINATE!!! EXTERMINATE!!!”

  66. ornith says:

    @#29 I’ve seen other sources which say that tattooing is not a problem in and of itself for Jews, but that marking your flesh for the dead with tattoos, scars, or anything else is. Your bozo is certainly violating Jewish Law either way if he’s Jewish.

    And yes, I find it terrifying that the idiots in this country are breeding early and often, while the intelligensia are doing exactly the opposite. This has yet to override my dislike of children, and my concern that a child of mine would inherit my asthma and depression, sufficiently that I’m willing to have kids, even if I find a man I’d be willing to have them with and enough money to afford raising them.

  67. thedudeabides says:

    I’m actually slightly impressed that “psycho” is spelt correctly.

  68. Bruce Arthurs says:

    Sorta like the warning labels on packs of cigarettes…

  69. artistVictoriaC says:

    Some of these comments made me laugh out loud.

    I actually felt a little sorry for the son here in these mugshots, as he was obviously trying to imitate his dad, like alot of young boys are wont to do, and now he’s gonna look like an idiot an not be able to get a job for the rest of his life. Thanks Dad for setting such a good example.

  70. Jeff says:

    Shasta, thank you. Too many characters, too many books. My memory needs augmenting!

  71. sswaan says:

    Am I missing something? I don’t understand the Git R Dun and Got R Did tattoos. What do they mean?

  72. anthony says:

    RJ the star of David was hijacked by the gangster disciples- more Chicago than west coast I believe…It’s a pretty popular gang tattoo these days.

  73. mojo_jojo says:

    well i can certainly see the justification for the “white pride” tattoo one of the sons is sporting… perhaps i should get one that says “homo sapiens shame”

  74. Lilith999 says:

    Man, I knew people would beat me to the Idiocracy reference.

    @#41 I feel exactly the same way about not having kids. It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone, but I do fear for the future of evolution (or lack thereof). I guess there’s really no right answer though.

  75. hipdadiddy says:

    Well…universal suffrage seemed a good idea at the time…

  76. Xopher says:

    Sswaan 58: Am I missing something? I don’t understand the Git R Dun and Got R Did tattoos. What do they mean?

    “Git ‘er done” and “Got ‘er did” are dialect phrases for “get it done” and “got it done” respectively. The first one is the catchphrase of a comic whose stage persona is “Larry the Cable Guy.”

    I suspect the “‘er” is actually a remnant of an older time when the standard English third-person-singular-neuter pronoun was ‘she’. But I don’t have any data on that.

  77. kelvinc says:

    “If you look closely”

    Probably the biggest understatement of the day.

  78. Robert says:

    What’s funny is that “Git-R-Dun/Got-R-Did” is eerily similar to the geek shirt with on the front and on the back. Except the geek version is less permanent.

    I’m not excusing it, I’m just sayin’.

  79. Robert says:

    OK, boingboing ate my lt and gt. with body on the front and /body on the back, except enclosed as html tags :/

  80. Antinous says:

    Around here, a tear shaped tattoo like that is a gang symbol.

    A teardrop tattoo means that you’ve murdered someone. You all were pretending not to know that, right?

  81. CaptainKarl says:

    additional proof sperm is the most lethal weapon of them all…Better get back to my mandarin lessons. The chinese are coming for lunch…

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