Don’t Panic

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Thom’s.

I chose to get these words inked on me because  I am a musician who suffers from stage fright. I used to spend an hour before a show holed up inthe corner of a venue having panick attacks. As my band became more popular I realized I had to be more approachable and, you know, talk to people.  Its a subtle reminder that I’m going to be fine on stage, and that if something goes wrong its not the end of the world… even if it’s the end of the world :)

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Felicia‘s.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Michael Krenzer’s.

 I was taking an introductory Arabic course at the time, and the tattoo quickly became one of the most important things to remember. In addition, it’s very good life advice.

Literary Tattoos: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

This is Kenzie’s.

 It reminds me that no one needs to know what the meaning of life is or why we’re here. It’s really not important. And, of course, to not panic.

They were done by Ricky, at Jack of Hearts in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

 

“In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.”

- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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