Posted by Dianne Nicolini on September 28, 2010

On a recent flight to D.C. I encountered one of the most beautiful and provocative tattoos I’ve seen yet.  This young woman was a piano prodigy as a child, doesn’t play much anymore but her ex-boyfriend was a tattoo artist.  She wanted to memorialize in ink some of her favorite composers for the piano.  You can easily make out the portrait of Beethoven.  The others are Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Debussy.  Interestingly, they are portrayed in the process of decomposing!

Amazing Tattoo

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  1. I am so glad I never got the Bartok sleeve I designed

    Comment by a true fan — October 9, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  2. Hi –

    The “decomposing composers” tattoo brings to mind Monty Python’s song, Decomposing Composers performed by Michael Palin.

    If you are not familiar with the song, you can hear it (and read the lyrics) at YouTube :

    Comment by Art Griggs — October 19, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

  3. Dianne, did you ever hear the famous (OK, infamous) remark that W. S. Gilbert once made when he first heard a piece by his composer partner, Arthur Sullivan?
    Gilbert said: “All I know is that there is composition and decomposition — in other words rot — and that’s what this is.”
    As you know, they didn’t get along awfully well.

    Comment by Chuck Mcfadden — December 14, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

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