The Rhythm is the Reason

A lesser known definition of the word “tattoo” tells us it’s something played on a trumpet, a military call.  According to this way of defining it, a tattoo is a rhythm.

So it is not just a needle which makes it what it is.  Not just the ink.

Every tattoo means goodbye to something, even if it is a small thing, a frivolity.  The image is there as a reminder: somewhere along the way, something was lost.

Every tattoo is taps.  Every tattoo is a requiem.

 

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