Aug 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST
The question mark, I think, is what really makes it, along with the fact that the typeface itself is difficult to read. So the tattoo that reads “Misunderstood” is both inherently questioning itself, and easy to misunderstand.
Oh, DMC. You’re such a puzzle wrapped in a mystery disguised as an enigma.
Maybe Cousins’ biggest problem is that he’s aware of how he’s perceived, and resents it. It’s not just that he’s surly and moody, it’s that he’s surly and moody about the fact that people comment on him being surly and moody, when he’s surly and moody. That self-awareness is a trap, because he’s not able to see himself as surly and moody, only that he’s perceived that way, and then responds to it with the same behavior that gets him in trouble in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that the tattoo feeds into it.
But then again, maybe he is aware of it, as the question mark indicates. Maybe he’s asking if he’s really misunderstood, or if he’s misunderstood as not being aware of his faults.
Or, you know, the question mark could be decorative and we should stop over-analyzing a tattoo.
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