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April 10, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I'm a 22 year old college student with funny hair and funny piercings and funny tattoos. I absolutely adore your show and look forward to it every Sunday. After recently getting a PBS logo tattooed on my lower back (instead of a tribal butterfly), my tattoo artist suggested a portrait of you to show my adoration of your craft. We both really dig Praire Home Companion and you. What is your response. Your face, my bicep ?
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Heather, Heather. I am a 65-year-old writer with thinning hair and a pierced heart and no tattoos and I adore your letter and your spirit but I would be horrified if you had my likeness tattooed on your bicep. You asked and that's the answer, darling. It's only a radio show and these things come and go and in two years you'll be on to other things but the tattoo will hang around and when you're 35 you'll look at it and wonder, What was I thinking? You'll feel odd about wearing a short-sleeved shirt because you'll be sick of people asking you, Who is that? "Oh, somebody I used to know," you'll say. Why burden yourself with this? Life is about change and staying light on your feet and being free, and a tattoo, dear Heather, is Baggage. And your skin is lovely as it is and needs no decoration. Wait until you're 50 and your skin isn't so great and you have a better idea who you are. Check with me then, and if you want a picture of a 92-year-old guy on your bicep, hey, why not.