The best tattoo I’ve ever seen

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Was in the supermarket tonight. Kid behind the register was probably 19. Maybe 20. Brown curly hair, palish skin, wide eyes, easy smile. He had a small tattoo on his left wrist. No design, just these words in blue:

FLY A KITE KID

I looked at it. Said to him, “What’s your tattoo mean?”

“Those,” he said, “are the last words my father said to me.”

Chilling.

3 thoughts on “The best tattoo I’ve ever seen”

  1. I may be dense this morning, but is this a positive or negative?

    As in- Fly a kite, kid- have some fun, be a kid?

    Or as in- Fly a kite, kid- get away from me?

  2. Kirk, Good question (positive/negative?). When I first read it, I thought of the dad telling him to “be a kid,”since it doesn’t say “Go.” Heartwarming. I guess if Jim didn’t ask whether it was positive or negative, we are all assuming…

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