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If (me->isgeek() && me->blank_skin) then me->tattoo(something);

I love nerdy code tattoos. This one’s for the C++ geeks. This little snippet of code is loaded on Wayne’s arm.

bool Life::evilPrevails(GoodMan *me) {
    return !me->doSomething();

Wayne explains:

…basically my favourite quote converted into c++. I’m a software developer and have been for a while. I’d wanted to get the quote done, but didn’t want just a plain text tatt, because I prefer all mine to be a little obscure. … Its a function that returns true if the “goodman” does not do something.

The quote is Edmund Burke: “All it takes for evil to prevail is for a good man to do nothing” and its tattooed on my arm to remind me to not ignore it if I see something bad happen in the world, but do something about it instead. I got it done shortly after breaking up a fight in a local morrisons store, one girl was beating up another, and when I broke it up, I noticed 12 people just stood around doing nothing. I never want to be one of those people.

This bit of code was written in skin at Cock A Snook (I swear, that’s the name of the shop. Click the link if you don’t believe me). Wayne also says he has “” tattooed behind his ear. I’m ding to know the story behind that one!

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  1. Tamfang says

    If evil people do nothing, will evil still prevail?