When touring a castle in Wales with my 12-year-old daughter, I saw a young lad with this tattoo on his leg (he was wearing shorts). To my daughter’s dismay (though she is used to this behavior in me), I walked up to the man and asked him what his tattoo meant. And sure enough, he was glad to share that his tattoo was in memory of his grandfather who died in World War II fighting as a bomber pilot. Oh, and the words on the tattoo are from Laurence Binyon’s WWI poem “For the Fallen” and for info on the flowers, see here.
I learn a great deal when I ask strangers about their tattoos. I love asking. I feel that if the person’s tattoo is on a visible part of their body, then the person is very willing to discuss it, if asked politely. And indeed, that has been my experience.
But not every reader may agree with my position. You may disagree philosophically (ethically or socially) or because you are more shy than I am.
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