Tattooed Underneath His Sweater…

He was born a fool for love
What he wouldn’t do for love
He’s a fool, a fool for love…
She was six and he was seven,
Used to send him off to heaven
When she said, “you are my sunshine.”
The part he always liked the best
When she teased him with a kiss
And she said, “you make me happy.”
You’re a fool for love.
What he wouldn’t do for love,
He’s a fool, fool for love.
Born a fool, you got to
Follow the rule, always a fool
A fool for love.
He grew up he didn’t get much better
Tattooed underneath his sweater
L.o.v.e in blue.

Seems he was never satisfied,
Chasing girls like butterflies
Believin’ every word they said was true.
He’s a fool for love
What he wouldn’t do for love
He’s a fool, a fool for love.
Once a fool, you got to
Follow the rule, always a fool
A fool for love.
Last time I saw him alive
He was standin’ up on the bride’s side
Yelling his objections at the groom.
The blushing bride was my best friend,
She turned around and to him said
“Yes you were my only sunshine then.”
You’re a fool for love
What he wouldn’t do for love
He’s a fool, a fool for love.
Born a fool, you got to
Follow the rule, always a fool
A fool for love.
–Sandy Rogers, “Fool For Love” featured on the “Reservoir Dogs” soundtrack

My friend, Aurora, and me used to belt this song out whenever we’d had too much to drink.  Sometimes, when we hadn’t.  I have been wanting to get this tattoo for well over five years, and a friend offered to pitch in as an early birthday present so I could get it done.

So, on Friday, I stopped in to a local tattoo shop, and a half hour later I looked like someone who’d just attempted suicide.  It feels a little silly.  The tattooist (who was incredibly cute in a very “bad boy” kind of way) actually tried to talk me out of it a bit, saying it would fade or whatever.  I figured fading is fine, if not incredibly acceptable and almost necessary.  I think all tattoos have an element to them that represents a certain time in your life, and fading comes with that, just like your memory fades.  I tried to explain this to the tattooist, but it was while he was digging a needle in my arm, and it didn’t sound as poetic.

May I always remember this time that I fully realized what a fool for love I am.  Enough to get it tattooed on my wrist.

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2 thoughts on “Tattooed Underneath His Sweater…

  1. That is SUCH a lovely color! Oh, and I like those “bad boys” too.

    Do all colors fade or just certain ones or…? How often would you need to retouch if you wanted more color? I know NOTHING about tattoos!

    Congratulations! It looks great.

  2. I think it depends on where it is that will decide the fading or not. This one will probably fade quite a bit, and I won’t do a retouch unless it starts to look bad. I have one on the small of my back (I got it *before* they invented the word “trampstamp”) that hasn’t faded that much at all. The ones on my legs and arms have gone a bit soft over the years, but I don’t put sunblock on them or anything.

    Thanks! I think it turned out pretty good! I love looking at it.

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