Yes, sporting a tattoo isnt really unusual nowadays. Nearly 40% of adults ranging from 18 to 40 years old have at least one tattoo. If so, what distinguishes hard-core tattoo devotees from standard buffs and casual admirers? Is it when a person has his entire body inked like a full-sized painting canvas? Is the number of tattoos really the yardstick then?
It appears that the right question is not how many, but where. What sets hard-core aficionados from the rest is their fearlessness to put tattoos on locations that cannot be hidden by clothing. This is the ultimate manifestation of die-hard love for tattoo art: you are so proud of your tattoos that you brazenly flaunt them, indifferent to negative associations or cultural and religious prejudices.
For the better part of the 20th century, hand and finger tattoos served as the demarcation line because they are almost always exposed for everyone to see. Most hand and finger tattoos are words, usually succinct to adjust to the small space. They normally make use of just eight letters, one on each finger, spread evenly across both hands. Some of the celebrities who wear hand tattoos are biker superstar Carey Hart, Portia de Rossi, Colin Farrell, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee, Carmen Electra, and even seasoned actresses Helen Mirren and Jessica Lange.
So if youre ready to cross the line and jump over the world of tattoo hard-core, you may want to look at the most popular ways to express yourself in eight letters.
Top Ten Most Popular Ways to Do Hand Tattoos in Eight Letters (Original Text can be found here)
1. HOLD and FAST Started by sailors. It served as a talisman to keep from falling out of the rigging of a sailing ship.
2. LOVE and HATE – Made famous in the film noir classic Night of the Hunter.
3. HARD and LUCK – A tattoo that was often see in prison.
4. HARD and TIME – Another prison tattoo. A variation is HARD and LIFE.
5. LOVE and PAIN – For people who believe that one cannot exist without the other.
6. ROCK and ROLL For aspiring rock stars and music fans.
7. BORN and LOSR Also a prison tattoo. It is misspelled on purpose to not exceed eight fingers.
8. FUCK and YOU! – A tattoo from the punk movement, it uses an exclamation point, this time to fill up all eight fingers.
9. FUCK and OFF! – Another tattoo from the punk movement, it also uses an exclamation point for emphasis.
10. LTFC and ESUK – Take a pen and spell out the letters on each hand. Now intertwine your fingers. It now reads, ‘LETS FUCK