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Maureen's Last Line: Lost, Then Found

I met Maureen on the 59th Street subway platform last month in Brooklyn.

She had a cool literary tattoo on the inside of her wrist, so I asked her if she'd allow me to take a photo and tell me about it. She agreed, but when I hot home, the photos I had taken were gone, due to a bad memory card.

I was fairly bummed but I had hope. New York commuters are creatures of habit and I banked on the fact that I would spot Maureen again and, sure enough, a couple weeks later, there she was. I confessed my technical issue and she was kind enough to let me take another photo. This time, I got it:


The tattoo reads:
"So we beat on,
boats against the current,
borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Maureen explained that this is the last line in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which has always been her favorite book. "It was an important book for me growing up," she explained.

She had this done by an artist known as "A-Rod," in South Glens Falls, New York. A-Rod is currently working out of Tattoo Clinic, Ink 4 Joe.

Thanks to Maureen for sharing her literary ink with us here on Tattoosday!

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