Columnist William Safire observed in, “Language: Tattoo regret and apostrophe remorse,“
In Brisbane, Australia, The Sunday Mail warned last year: “Think before you ink. That’s the message skin experts are preaching as ‘tattoo regret’ booms.” It reported that a Queensland athlete – embarrassed about a smiling devil’s face etched on his back – complained in rhyme of suffering “severe tattoo-rue.”
“The regret combining form is found in a lot of current writing,” notes Ann Rubin Wort, a former Times colleague. “Nowadays people are acting more impulsively; thus, regrets aplenty and the resulting need to nullify capricious choices.”
‘Bad ink’ and adult diapers… I think Safire nailed that one.
He’s coming for you, Millennials. And the tattoos….? Whoa!
He really wants to lose the Hillary ‘tramp stamp’ he got a year ago just before the 2016 Presidential Election while in a drunken “feel my inner feminist” stupor. He thought that wearing a ‘pussy hat’ and voting for Hillary would get him a date. So how’d that work out for him? Not so well, on any account.
For the 2018 Mid-term Elections, he’s going to try a full body ‘Brazilian wax‘ and a “I Heart Melania” tattoo on his left (and now bare) man boob. MAGA!
Some tattoos age better than others.
Here’s the ‘mulligan‘ attempt.