V for Vendetta

This belongs to Gracee.

I’ve always felt like I am compromising a lot of things I believe in to be more comfortable, and in the process I am being held hostage by my own wants. This sentence from Valerie’s letter reminds me that whatever happens, no matter how much we tend to lose ourselves by our own or others’ doing, there is always that inch — our integrity — where we can be completely free.

Font used is called Porcelain, but my artist, Dyuntats of 55 Tinta in the Philippines, have made some adjustments due to the size and positioning of the tattoo.

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“But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free.”

- Valerie’s Letter, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Rorschach

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This image is from the comic Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It is the signature/calling card of the vigilante Rorschach.  It was submitted by ElleVee:

Yes, I love the comic. Yes, I love the character of Rorschach. But I got this tattoo more for what it (and Rorschach) stood for. Not the character’s opinions or quirks, (I’m not a homophobic/anti-woman hobo vigilante, to my knowledge, although I do eat sugar cubes) but for his ideals. He never compromised. He believed in something, and he fought for it, and never wavered in his belief, and was willing to do whatever it took to maintain those beliefs. Even when it would have been easier to give in and roll over, like everyone else, he stood fast, because it was right, and because sometimes that’s what you have to do. He never doubted himself, and he made his own morals. Then he stood by them, without fear or regret. And as someone who has, throughout their life, been wracked with self-doubt, anxiety, and the tendency to bend to others’ wills, I feel that this is something to remember. Not to be inflexible, but to be true to yourself and the things that are important to you, regardless of what others might say or think. Be who you are, without compromise or apology. Hold fast to your ideals (not politics or opinions, but ideals), and aspire for a better world.

Also, my friend pointed out the humor that the character of Rorschach would have enormous problems with my tattoo because, A) He doesn’t seem like a tattoo kind of guy, and B) It’s on a GIRL OH NOES. I too find this funny.

Who Watches the Watchmen?

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This tattoo was submitted by w m r and reads “quis custodiet ipsos custodes”. From Wikipedia:

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal, which literally translates to “Who will guard the guards themselves,” and is variously translated in colloquial English as “Who watches the watchmen?”

The Watchmen movie is coming out tomorrow; have you read the graphic novelLiterary Tattoos: Watchmen Dave Gibbons Alan Moore by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons yet?