"Hit The Road" Hobo Symbol Tattoo I got in Fiji (1 Viewer)

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My First Tattoo that I got when I was black out drunk in Fiji a couple weeks ago. Found some guy on the beach who was a tattoo artist and got it done in a Hotel room with a few other friends I met. Was a fucked up night. Now im trying to decide on my next tattoo.
 
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thas actually pretty cool

you picked a good place to start because those parts hurt like boiling water

sidenote your first is your least painful, get ready to learn jow to meditate or whine groan and tap out! kidding
 

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FYI: That symbol means "Hit the road" in the sense of "Get out of here fast!", like "This is a bad place- flee for your life!", not "Hit the road" in the sense of "Go wandering and have Dean Moriarty style epic adventures". That's why the alternate sign with the same meaning you will sometimes see in these "Hobo Signs" things is a stylized dude running away (from danger).

It is a warning for future hobos passing that way- like you would put it on the fence of a house where they set the dogs on you when you asked for food, or shot at you or whatever.

You are telling folks to get away from you.
 
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FYI: That symbol means "Hit the road" in the sense of "Get out of here fast!", like "This is a bad place- flee for your life!", not "Hit the road" in the sense of "Go wandering and have Dean Moriarty style epic adventures". That's why the alternate sign with the same meaning you will sometimes see in these "Hobo Signs" things is a stylized dude running away (from danger).

It is a warning for future hobos passing that way- like you would put it on the fence of a house where they set the dogs on you when you asked for food, or shot at you or whatever.

You are telling folks to get away from you.
I had assumed op knew this and had it done as a tongue in cheek kinda thing. I'm well aware of the meaning of mine and I'd like to think folks who recognize em get the humor in it.
 

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Oh, the irony! Now i get it.

Probably i should put the sign for "Ill-Tempered Man Lives Here" in front of my house. No ironic intentions whatever.

May actually do this- it's only fair to others.

I already have this on my front door:

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It works- as i was opening my door to ask "Can't you fucking people fucking read?" to some Jehovah's Witnesses, they started apologizing and saying "we didn't notice the sign til after we knocked. Sorry!" They have never been back since.
 
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FYI: That symbol means "Hit the road" in the sense of "Get out of here fast!", like "This is a bad place- flee for your life!", not "Hit the road" in the sense of "Go wandering and have Dean Moriarty style epic adventures". That's why the alternate sign with the same meaning you will sometimes see in these "Hobo Signs" things is a stylized dude running away (from danger).

It is a warning for future hobos passing that way- like you would put it on the fence of a house where they set the dogs on you when you asked for food, or shot at you or whatever.

You are telling folks to get away from you.
I got it in the hopes those in the know would see the humour in it. It should stop people approaching my antisocial ass.
 

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I'd be willing to wager you're completely safe from every >50-year-old Yankee hobo with the faintest idea what that even signifies
 

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Beware of four dogs. That's.. so specific.
At the risk of missing the young peoples' irony again, the idea is you write in how many dogs (there is a "4" in the sign). You could write in 3 (in case you had a "Three Dog Night" (shitty '70s rock reference, for you kids going "Huh?")), or 2 , or 5 as needed.

This could be warning for a person who can outrun or fight off only so many dogs- like a person might be confident they could outrun or fight off x, but not y, number of dogs?

Personally, i would care if they were mean dogs like my 15 lb. cockapoo, or nice ones like my 80 lb. pit-girl.
 

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In my full of shit sometimes opinion there is no proof of the hobo symbol system ever being practically used by hobos historically or presently. Unless it was pre photography, has any one ever seen photographic evidence of actual hobo symbols?

Regardless, cool tattoo, exact same spot my cousin just gave me my up side down peace sign!!!
 

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In my full of shit sometimes opinion there is no proof of the hobo symbol system ever being practically used by hobos historically or presently. Unless it was pre photography, has any one ever seen photographic evidence of actual hobo symbols?

Regardless, cool tattoo, exact same spot my cousin just gave me my up side down peace sign!!!
does the upsidedown peace sign have a particular meaning for you?
 

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In my full of shit sometimes opinion there is no proof of the hobo symbol system ever being practically used by hobos historically or presently. Unless it was pre photography, has any one ever seen photographic evidence of actual hobo symbols?
I tend to believe you're right about that. Or if it was a thing, it wasn't something every hobo used or understood. It seems more likely something someone made up whilst putting together a book, maybe something the author wanted to manifest into the culture just to be "the guy who came up with the code" kinda like when you read the less popular urban dictionary definitions below the common ones. Someone trying to take credit and change the vernacular but it never takes off because the common one is better and theirs is dumb. Just my opinion, shit idk. Maybe there was a code.
 

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It means I don't believe in peace on earth, it's not a thing, never was, and will never happen. Only my casual opinion though, thats about as existential as I tend to get on the subject.

I randomly got the tattoo because my aunt, uncle and cousin all got it in the same spot as a family crest. I said "I'll get one if it could be upside down because I don'treally believe in peace." and they said "neither do we!" which is so funny.
 

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