#1 By: Cory Doctorow, August 2nd, 2013 15:03
#2 By: xzzy, August 2nd, 2013 15:10
Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
#3 By: Miramon, August 2nd, 2013 15:38
Always handle books by their spines. And vice versa.
#4 By: snig, August 2nd, 2013 15:41
You’re right, no human being would stack books like this.
#5 By: Fergus, August 2nd, 2013 16:15
Beautifully done - but - whenever I see a nice tattoo I try and visualise what it will look like on the body of the wearer when they are 70 years old and living in a retirement home. A conversation starter maybe?
#6 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, August 2nd, 2013 16:30
There probably isn't a single part of the body that will be better for the extra 50-ish years of operational wear, tattooed or not, so why let that problem affect your decision now?
(I can see arguments for/against tattoos that have a shorter timeline to relevance, I've no doubt that more than a few people are glad today that they look 'respectable' once they put on a collared shirt, if only for employment purposes; but 'aesthetic value at retirement' seems to be veering dangerously close to Keyne's little quip about what we all are in the long run...)
#7 By: Jeff, August 2nd, 2013 16:35
Why would Alice reach for a tattoo of a book?
#8 By: Donald Petersen, August 2nd, 2013 16:36
Always bookle spines by their hands?
#9 By: Donald Petersen, August 2nd, 2013 16:40
Personally, I'm looking forward to my own sojourn at the Happy Hollow Home for the Marginally With-It, surrounded by pierced and tattooed and bald and bespectacled Gen-Xers, tottering down the mint-green corridors, pushing their hover-walkers with the faded Iron Maiden stickers on them.
That day looms disturbingly near.
#10 By: Glippiglop, August 2nd, 2013 16:44
It might be the hideous jpeg artifacts at work, but there's something about this image that feels 'shopped to me... like someone put an overlay of a warped 2D image to fit the photo. Nice idea though.
#11 By: Krieger, August 2nd, 2013 16:57
I had spinal surgery a couple of years ago with a good 10-12" incision right along that stack of books.
On one hand, a tat like this would be a cool way to cover up the scar but I'm trying to imagine the surgeon cutting into me while saying to his assistant- "ok, let's start here at Moby Dick and work our way down to Tolstoy."
#12 By: Tim, August 2nd, 2013 17:08
I know this will sound sexist, but because it's about teenaged boys it's almost unavoidable. They ought to put this as a poster in every high school library, it might encourage more teen boys to read something other than the manual on how to get a driver's license.
#13 By: Boundegar, August 2nd, 2013 17:11
All photos on the net are shopped. In fact, the physical world ceased to exist in 2007.
#15 By: apoxia, August 2nd, 2013 19:42
When I see such back tattoos I wonder how they' look on my back tracing my scoliotic spine.
#17 By: Jim Saul, August 2nd, 2013 22:15
It might be cover for a long scar from surgery to correct severe scoliosis.
#18 By: rocketpj, August 3rd, 2013 00:01
You were right, it does sound sexist.
#19 By: CLamb, August 3rd, 2013 12:12
Because she is a tattoo too. When on skin do as the tattoos do.
#20 By: awesome robot, August 3rd, 2013 15:39
You know who cares about what the back of a 70 year old looks like?
#21 By: Jeff Atwood, August 3rd, 2013 18:26
Well I dunno, theoretically other 60 to 80 year olds might be into that.
#22 By: Jardine, August 3rd, 2013 21:47
Helen Mirren is approaching 70.
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