Just look at these tattooed bananas


50 Responses to “Just look at these tattooed bananas”

  1. lunulaoblongata says:

    Can someone explain the “just look at this [banana object]” and why it’s supposed to be funny?

    • 10xor01 says:

      It’s the world’s longest performance of a variation on the quintessential knock-knock joke.

      Months from now, after countless iterations, Cory will post a picture of an orange.

      • prof_jellis says:

        punctuated equilibrium

      • peregrinus says:

        Although also don’t underestimate the semiotic significance of the banana – in all its many and varied guises.

        Watching ‘Drunken Master’ with Jackie Chan last night (as in, he acted in it, not that he accepted my invitation to pizza on the sofa and a movie), I noted a scene where I’m pretty sure on my fuzzy screen he used two bananas as hand-weapons.  Cool.

        It’s not like Cory chose the boring aubergine.  Bananas are incredible, just read the wikipedia entry and follow some links, like I did after a number of “just look at it” postings.  Wars, laws, love, disaster, hunger, extinction, disease and pestilence – it’s all in there, once you peel back the skin.

        Yet the multi-cultural lampooning of the banana carries on, but is underlined by a recognition of its significance and importance – used in jokes worldwide, I’ve never actually witnessed the banana being disrespected.

        So a banana isn’t just a banana.  I think Cory is on a mission to get this across to us, and we’re all somewhat slow on the uptake.


    • pjcamp says:

      Who said it was supposed to be funny? That’s the last thought that would come to my mind. Simpson penis envy maybe (go yellow!), but not funny.

    • jondean says:

      Wow, Lt. Commander Data on Boing Boing? It’s an honor to meet you, sir.

    • Jake0748 says:

       No. You get or you don’t. It’s a meme. That is all. 

    • Jake0748 says:

       You could always do some boingboing research.  You know like click a few keys…

    • grimc says:

      Because Cory’s headstone will read, “MADE YOU LOOK”

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      We’re practising our imperatives.
      Next we will be doing subjunctives.
      What would…, were this (tattooed, etc.) banana…?

    • Ipo says:

       Your name caused me to look at my fingers. 
      I just looked at them.  I don’t have any lunulas. 
      What does that mean? 

    • timquinn says:

      My guess is that Cory made a wager about a year ago that he could create a meme on purpose. I sense near lift off for this one. The test is probably to see if it shows up on 4chan.

  2. thaum says:

    I see this is a banana tattoo of the Dread Lord Cthulhu wearing a beret. I approve.

  3.  The epitome of ephemeral.

  4. Tom B says:

    is that the cover of buena vista social club?

  5. Preston Sturges says:

    Joke fall into categories – for instance there are banana jokes, and then there are tattooed penis jokes.  But a tattooed banana joke threatens to rip a hole in fabric of reality.

  6. Jake0748 says:

    You know what?  Just this once, I’m not gonna look at it.  (I’m a little scared).

  7. bcsizemo says:

    I’m looking at it as hard as I’ve ever looked at it before.

  8. mikei says:

    You keep using that word “banana.”  I do not think it means what you think it means.

  9. Karloskar says:

    Needs something to help determine scale…

  10. Robert Becht says:

    Lol, that tattoo is going to look like hell in a few years, and good luck when he try’s to find a job.

  11. Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet says:


  12. Vikas Paul says:

    Creativity at its best.

  13. niktemadur says:

    Is that a tattoo on your banana or are you just happy to see me?

  14. Adaam says:

    Is it Usama-Bin-Ladin tato on your banana lolzzz

  15. Art says:

    The impermanence of it is one of the most striking parts.  I mean, how long can it last?

  16. xyzpfl says:

    Sounds like a great come on line:

    Want to come up to my place and see my tatrooed banana?

  17. I stand firmly in favor of artists taking the time to practice before their appearances on Ink Master, for a change.

  18. DreamboatSkanky says:


  19. SamSam says:

    Banana Vista Social Club?

  20. Jade says:

    This is pretty cool

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