Vivereall'estero

Angelina Jolie had once a nice tattoo inscription on her right arm, reading: Bob Thornton (actor and former husband of Ms Jolie). 50 Cent, the coolest rapper ever, had to remove a bunch of his tattoo designs (in particular those on his arms) not to hamper his own Hollywood career. Haydin Panettiere has a nice tattoo inscription on her hip, reading: "Vivere senza rimipianti", which is Italian and supposed to mean: living without regret.

The problem is, her tattooist did not really studied Italian at school and "rimipianti" is a misspelled word with no meaning at all. It's something like: "Living without regretis". Which is not such a tragic mistake for a scholar, but can you imagine having it tattooed for 30 centimetres on your hip?

Am I trying to talk you out of getting tattoos? Not, at all. I have met quite a lot of people literally fascinated by body art, tattoo designs and the art of the skin in general, but at the same time so scared to take the plunge, they never got one.

Angelina Jolie, H. Panettiere and 50 Cent are only examples of how bad tattoos can come out if you don't follow some simple, general rules which everybody should know and follow before getting inked.

First Rule - never, I mean NEVER get the name of your partner tattooed on your skin. How many times has this been said and written? I think it's the most famous sentence after "a little step for a man, a big step for humanity"...

Nonetheless, many are those who decide to get a tattoo as symbol of their love. I am quite a romantic person, I like thinking about forever lasting love, but being romantic does not mean we should lie to ourselves and be hypocrite. How many people you know that have been together for more than 20 years? I know very, very few of them. A tattoo lasts more than 20 years. It is just a matter of probability. Think before in