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The wonderful Boing Boing pointed to a gallery of "geek" tattoos. I'm not sure about geek, but nonetheless some of the tattoos pictured are really rather lovely. The rest make you wonder about the wisdom of making indelible marks on your own body. I'd draw your attention to this tattoo, followed by this one, this one , this one, this one and this one.
As Jim Ross says on the wrestling, this is, er, very unique.
I think however the "individual" barcode one is a little deeper than you give it credit for. Could it be a wry comment on how commercialism has branded "those who cannot be categorised" as a category and therefore ripe for exploitation? Though I'll admit it made me think of an old Harry Enfield sketch:
"Why have you got "individual" tatooed on your forehead?"
"Well, my mate had it done, so..."
On the other hand it might equally be a "hey, that chick in Dark Angel had a barcode on her neck and it look way cool". It could be both.
This stuff interests me - why is it so hard to assert your individuality while beig part of a group? There's a lot of strength in being part of a gang/collective/whatever, so why should this diminish your individuality?
In Dark Angel, Max had a barcode because she was plucked fully formed from the spawning vat, which is almost the very not-definition of "individual".
"why is it so hard to assert your individuality while beig part of a group?"
now that needs more of an answer than I can fit into this little box ...
"now that needs more of an answer than I can fit into this little box"
Which is why I only posed the question. ;)