I’ve been thinking on having another tattoo so if you have any ideas it’d be appreciated.
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Not to be an annoying grandpa but, I wouldn’t encourage visibly marking yourself with your ideology if you want to take part in revolutionary activities. Basically, being able to hide your ideology by simply not speaking about it is required to start organising secretly
By displaying your ideas like that you would throw away all possibilities of sneaking around the police/ fascists if class struggle became intense, it might even send you directly to prison if some sketchy distant relative decides to denounce you
When I see fascists with all their tatoos I’m like damn, those people would just be shot instantly during the revolution, zero questions asked, no need for trials and shit.
I just wann ask, do we want to give up the advantages of discretion?
It might be nice to get ones that have plausible deniability. A prominent hammsick might be a target on your back, but maybe if you get a slogan in another language or a meaningful, but not explicit theory quote you could still use it for communist pride without being too obvious.
I believe there may be a need for both. Or at least advantages to both. Subtlety and abrasiveness, sabotage and a show of political force, discretion and indiscretion. Even in times of great struggle, I think, and times of great danger.
Marking yourself as a threat to fascists and a threat to capitalists for life, it’s 1. pretty badass and 2. may ingratiate subsets of people to communism. This may sound lifestyist, but I believe especially among many gen z’ers, ink has become an appreciated way of sharing experiences and passions. People dig tattoos and like to talk about em. 3. It’s a form of revolutionary suicide. The Black Panthers didn’t realize their ultimate goal of national and social liberation, but I wonder if we could learn something from them, and their ability to always communicate their adherence to communist ideals, even in the face of death, and still integrate incredibly well with their communities as an openly revolutionary, armed mass movement.
idk. I may be wrong. I’d like to get a “Peace, Land and Bread” tattoo. Potentially dangerous. But the communist movement has to be prepared for complete social collapse if it’s even going to matter at all, and we’re all in supreme amounts of danger then anyway. If every user of this site isn’t on a list, the glowies ain’t doing their jobs, since they can access all of our web histories at the drop of a hat (ostensibly). Facial recognition is getting bigger. Cameras are fucking everywhere. If we aren’t prepared in the event of a crackdown on the left, we’re immediately fucked.
Although I also see your point about losing discretion there. I just think the state’s got information gathering tools we won’t know about for decades.
Your arguments are compelling
As one of my comrades always says “don’t fly the flag when you’re on a secret mission”.
Stay safe comrades!
Imagine an infiltrate KGB agent goes to America but he has a huge portrait of Stalin tattooed on the arm 🤣
Yeah I feel the same, the last thing we need is literal targets on our backs. If feds are trying to track us or build a registry then this is the sort of thing that can give you away instantly. The same way we can spot piece of shit Nazis in Ukraine, they’ll be able to spot us too.
time for you to get a “karl marx holding a hammer and sickle” irezumi (full back tattoo)
I’d go with something innocuous, like a star, or a set of stars. That way any feds trying to track you will have a much harder time.
You could also get a picture of Stalin/Mao/etc tattooed
Woof, you would need to go to an absurdly experienced and talented artist, and something like that could easily cost more then 5-15 thousand dollars depending on the size of the tattoo. Its either that, or getting a portrait of a very goofy Stalin.
True, you might need a good artist, but look it up and there’s a lot of people have decent tats of stalin
you can put the face of ol’ marx, or something provocative like “i don wan taiwan”
I have the classic hammer and sickle on my left forearm. Most people who see it tend to be surprised and intrigued rather than outright hostile.
I want a little hammer sickle at the corner of my eye if I make some headway in tattooing/rapping. I want to force myself to be unable to hide it, to take responsibility and fight for this shit every day of my life. And maybe get some much-needed cool points for the symbol with American apathetic youth.
Other than that, hmm, I don’t know. My girlfriend was talking about wanting me tattoo a KV2 tank on her back when she had her “oh shit I’m a communist too and it all makes sense now” moment. I always wanted to make a jacket with a bunch of non-Western country flag patches one day but I don’t know if I would want that on my body.
If you would want, I’ve been looking to draw a lot more lately, I could talk with you and draft a design, something original. Hmu if you’re interested!
There might be some good stencil designs of Marx or Lenin.
Yeah, the classic Lenin face design would make a great tattoo
I have multiple. Text from a communist song, hammer and sickle, symbol of a communist state
Cool! What song/state?
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Apart from a regular hammer and sickle?
I’ve been messing with the idea of getting 全世界人民大团结万岁 done somewhere. Translates to “long live the great unity of the world’s peoples” and it’s on the right side of Tiananmen’s facade.
Another one is ‘Made in Hong Kong * Decolonized in China’. Or maybe ‘deprogrammed’ instead of ‘decolonized’ or something like that.
Also ‘take is aisy’ or ‘nothing that is human is alien to me’ for Engels and Marx respectively (although the latter isn’t originally Marx, I think it reflects a facet of ideology that appeals to me).
Wow, that Tiananmen quote is really awesome.
Especially considering that ‘万岁’ (wàn suì), the part that means ‘long live,’ was previously used only for royalty, similar to how ‘your majesty’ is reserved for a ruler in English.
Wow, that just made it even fucking cooler 😀