Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another, knowhutImean, Vern? It is but one of history’s many great coincidences that two men who lived two of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century were both named Ernest. We speak of course of Ernest Hemingway and Ernest P. Worrell. Today we are looking at how these men lived and how they died, as well as some tattoos of history’s greatest Ernests.
Ernest Hemingway, as well all know, was one of the most revered authors of the 20th century. He penned many modern classics such as The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms. Young Hemingway became a man on the battlefields of World War I. He would later opt to return to war zones as a journalist, being present for major events of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He was, to put it bluntly, a pretty grizzled motherfucker. A man’s man, if you will.
Ernest P. Worrell was born in the American south around the same time Hemingway was publishing The Old Man and the Sea. He has a storied history of standing up for what is right, having been victorious in a major conflict with a corrupt mining corporation early in his life. Before this, he worked in advertising for car dealerships. We could have dedicated as many pages to his exploits as we could Hemingway’s — Ernest played in the NBA, attended and graduated high school as an adult, spent a brief portion of the 1980s in prison for crimes he did not commit, and was briefly the King of England.
The lives of these two Ernests were not without parallels. They both had adventures in Africa, a land that would become dear to their hearts in different ways. While much is written about Hemingway’s wartime experience, history has quickly forgotten the role Worrell played in the conflict between Karifistan and Aziria in the late ‘90s. But the most direct comparison that can be made is that Ernest P. Worrell and Ernest Hemingway both exemplify the 20th century notions of what made a true American man.
Hemingway famously blew his brains out after receiving electroshock treatment after becoming increasingly paranoid the FBI was watching him (which they were). Ernest P. Worrell is only assumed to be dead. He has not been seen in the past 20 years. He literally just vanished. Perhaps like Hemingway, Worrell was fighting his own demons he needed to escape. But sadly, where Hemingway left us a how and a why, Worrell has left us neither.
Despite their ends, the two men, above all share a firm immortality. They will be remembered throughout the ages for their exploits. Let us now look at some Ernest P. Worrell tattoos and some Ernest Hemingway tattoos in honor of these two great men named Ernest and the spirit of their legacies.
These Ernest tattoos are all stunning tributes to two of the 20th century’s greatest Americans. Please, join us next time as we compare and contrast the lives of Leon Trotsky and Leon the Professional.