Monday, May 10, 2010

Writers and Editors Needed

So a few weeks ago when I was in Mexico I went to the buffet closest to the beach for lunch. Because it’s the beach buffet, people tend to dress less, uh, well, less.

I was in line behind a young man who wasn’t wearing a shirt. He had tattoos on both arms, and a large (maybe 7”x12”) tat in the middle of his back. It was lovely—a stylized cross with a crown of thorns and the words, “King of Kings.”

It would have truly been lovely if his tattoo artist or the person who designed the tattoo had a basic knowledge of the possessive apostrophe. You see, this unfortunate fellow will go through the rest of his life with a massive punctuation error written on his back because the phrase was written like this: King of King’s.

Ugh. The way it’s written implies possession, not King of all kings.

This experience, plus the several images online with Tat-fail examples, point out a possible new market for writers and editors: tattoo parlors. Obviously they have a need. Why don’t you give them a call?

BTW, the error in the photo is the lack of an "e" in the word awesome. Also, if you're going to get a tattoo, please be sure to do a spelling, grammar, and punctuation check before you put anything in stone, or rather in flesh.

3 comments:

Jan Parrish said...

LOL. I think I'll apply as I am looking for work. This is too funny.

Clarissa Draper said...

That is so funny and yet so sad. I've seen mistakes on Tattoos and I feel so bad.

CD

Dena Netherton said...

My hair lady has a huge tat down her upper arm of a pirate girl with a peg leg. Now she regrets the woody appendage and is going to some expense to have it replaced with a real girl's leg. I hate tatoos.