Over at Marginal Revolution, economist, traveler, and blogger extraordinaire Tyler Cowen is asked how he’d go about choosing a tattoo that he wouldn’t later regret. Though I’ll wager that Tyler won’t be getting inked any time soon, his answer is characteristically thoughtful:
I would pick a country which I loved visiting, such as Mexico or Brazil, both of which have distinct shapes. It would be an excuse to narrate previous visits and I don’t think it would repulse many people, other than the fact that it is a tattoo.
I’m with Tyler. Country outlines are a great option, as long as they’re recognizable; it’s probably best to avoid, say, Luxembourg or El Salvador. Flags can make fine choices as well. (Here’s a guide to some of the best and worst.)
My personal choice for a tattoo would be the Arabic word “Yalla,” meaning “Let’s go” placed somewhere on my foot or ankle. I remember hearing the word, and using it myself, so many times in Morocco that the word will be forever linked with that trip. I also think written Arabic, even or perhaps especially if you can’t understand it, often looks like a work of art on its own.
How ’bout you, Gadling nation? Any ideas for travel-related tattoos that we won’t regret when we’re old and wrinkly?
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