I was very proud of myself for guessing that this script was Sanskrit. I have to say asking strangers to photograph their tattoos has not gotten any easier. Fortunately this woman was super nice. The tattoo is the last two lines of the Mangala mantra. It basically means, “May all beings be happy and free, Om shanti, shanti, shanti.”
Now I have a serious question. As is hopefully obvious, I’m a big fan of tattoos. I know lots of folks out there don’t like them and that is cool. But for the folks that do have them, I’ve always wondered about tattoos on the back. So I’m seriously curious, what pleasure do you get out of a tattoo on your back if you can’t see it?