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This is the era of tattoos, from what I have seen. No, these tattooed people are not rough ready motorcyclists, but many are normal everyday people. Dads pushing strollers and Grandmas with a walker are not uncommon.
Many with beautiful tattoos will gladly talk about them with others/me who ask about them. Those are exquisite and well-chosen designs.
Ray Bradbury is a master of short stories, which is my joy (I will never write a book.) The list of books holding these delights is long holding treasures. Each of these short stories are something unexpected. “The Ray Bradbury Theater” television show presented adapted versions of some of his short stories.
But, The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury is astounding. It was adapted for a movie in 1969 with the same title. Summary:
William Philippus Phelps is the protagonist who seeks help from an old blind woman. These are not the ordinary tattoos as might expect, but ones telling The Future. Phelps finds himself covered with the tattoos, each one a story that comes to pass.
Oh boy howdy.
about 9 minutes long, worth watching
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Each segment of this book presents the question: Is such creative imagination dangerous? Is it about destiny? Do the tattoos predict the future? Or, does man's imagination create it?
A short story, all can handle a short story, time wise. Could you?
***Side note: Why did I chose to write this post about Ray Bradbury and this short story about tattoos?
Well, I will tell you. When my mother was 80, we were at a gas station that actually had a guy who filled the tank. His arms were covered in meaningful tattoos. Mom said that she wanted a tattoo. The guy blinked a few times and asked what tattoo would she get. She replied that she would like to get a snake just above her knee. The guy blinked some more. She then said that boys would try to reach under her skirt and the tattoo would scare them. Yup. He blinked some more and then I paid him. Great memory.