“We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.” This cryptic quote is, perhaps, one of the most infamous of his...and with thanks to the genius of Terry Gilliam and the acting chops of Johnny Depp, most people the world over, have heard it...it is now burned into their brains. As is "I KNEW YOU WERE A NARCOTICS OFFICER!" as a large bag of cocaine sifts itself through the finger of the wind thanks to the idiocy and butter fingers of Dr. Gonzo, attorney. These Hunter S Thompson tattoos give homage to one of our favorite people ever...who did and wrote so many of our favorite things ever.
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." And it's true. Hunter S Thompson tattoos usually depict him either on drugs, or carrying them...or doing them. Ralph Steadman's illustrations that graced the pages of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are often replicated with love by many a tattooist...and are even included in this collection. But just as HST is known for his wild use of illegal substances, so too is he known for his work and wild life. He believed in not just writing about life, but actually living it, helping to create the movement of Gonzo Journalism.
He wrote tons of novels, essays, articles and short stories. He was friends with everyone from John Kerry to Johnny Depp, and when he finally succumbed to death by his own hand, his ashes were shot out of a cannon at a ceremony which, we can only hope, included many a mind altering substance. His honesty, authenticity, and brash courage were to inspire a multitude of people...artists, writers, filmmakers and more. We like to believe that those who have branded themselves with a Hunter S Thompson tattoo live by his credo, "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”