Megan Fox's poetic new tattoo: Does anyone know the source?

megan-foxImage Credit: Splash NewsCelebrity tattoos can be meaningful (Angelina Jolie’s veritable UNESCO of cultural runes), amusing (Johnny Depp’s palimpsestic “Wino Forever”), and unfortunate (everything Steve-O has ever done to himself), but rarely are they truly mysterious. Now, of all people, Megan Fox is stirring up literary debate over who is the source of her latest inking.

With all the words written on her body, it makes you wonder whether she might be suffering from some Memento-style amnesia, but this newest text is probably a little too cryptic to be of any practical use. Her right side now reads “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” The Guardian is asking its readers whether anyone knows who is responsible for these words. An online search returns the mysterious “Angela Monet,” a poet apparently known, by some bizarre Google-triggered closed loop, solely for coining that phrase. Other sites attribute a present-tense version to comedian George Carlin, while some Guardian readers suggest it belongs to Friedrich Nietzsche. Personally, my guess is that it came from Michael Bay and was his original tagline for Transformers 2. What do you think?

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  • jay

    I think she looks fantastic in that swimsuit!!! why does a tattoo need to mean something??

    • Ted

      Her body, maybe.
      Her face, not so much.
      A picture like this really show how much make-up and touch ups some celebrities use in film and ads.

    • Ted

      Body? Maybe.
      Face? Not so much.
      When celebs are photographed without make-up it really shows how much whore-face they put on for movies and ads.

  • Liam

    Ugh. Pretty line, but cliche.
    It’s John Milton.

  • Kristen

    If you are going to live with it permanently on your body then it probably better mean something, at least to you. And that is the WORST swimsuit I have ever seen. A beautiful young woman who looks like she borrowed the pieces from two of her friends, neither of which are close to her size.

  • Samantha

    George Carlin

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Pretty lines but am I the only one that think the placement of the tatoo is just weird? It looks like someone took a magic marker and scribbled on her side, like they ran out of paper or something!

  • jenkay

    I think it looks very tacky, I like tattoos I even have one myself but that looks ugly.

  • Andrea

    Amazed at all the haters lol.

  • ps in seattle

    I actually have that quote in a dancer’s scrapbook, and it is attributed to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. The quote as I have it is slightly different from Fox’s version: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” It makes perfect sense to dancers.

  • Henry

    Does anyone know the source? I think a better title would be, “Does anybody care?” Talk about filler.

  • ISAAC

    MEGAN BRIAN IS NOT THE RIGHT MAN HE TEARS YOU DOWN TO BUILD YOU UP. HE CORRUPTS YOUR LIFE MORE THEN YOU MAY KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT WITH UNTIL YOU COME BACK, HE IS ……

  • ISAAC DANIEL SHOFF

    MEGAN BRIAN IS NOT THE RIGHT MAN HE TEARS YOU DOWN TO BUILD YOU UP. HE CORRUPTS YOUR LIFE MORE THEN YOU MAY KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT WITH UNTIL YOU COME BACK, HE IS ……

  • ISAAC DANIEL SHOFF

    MEGAN BRIAN IS NOT THE RIGHT MAN HE TEARS YOU DOWN TO BUILD YOU UP. HE CORRUPTS YOUR LIFE MORE THEN YOU MAY KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT WITH UNTIL YOU COME BACK, HE IS ……
    ISAAC DANIEL SHOFF

  • Chaz Winterbottom

    I’d tat that!

    • ira gershwin

      heh heh

  • wtf

    i like how she chooses tattoos which might fool people into thinking she’s well read, educated, and intelligent. then she opens her mouth and you discover she’s just white trash.

    • Stephanie

      Ouch. It’s the misinformed who would assume that anyone who isn’t well read or educated is white trash. I think the comment itself is a little WT. She may not come across as smart, but that’s not an excuse for such venom in their choice of words.

  • julia

    Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

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