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Date: 03/15/11 02:12 PM

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  1. Profile photo of Tubby12370
    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
    1440 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    Link: Tattoo Of The Day? You Make The Call I-A-B - And can an Ornithologist confirm that those are swallows?
  2. Profile photo of collegebound
    collegebound Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    fail grammar is fail
  3. Profile photo of Pandabee
    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    African Swallows
  4. Profile photo of kingpong
    kingpong Male 18-29
    639 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    Gay Zombie?
  5. Profile photo of bacon_pie
    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    tattoo of the gay
  6. Profile photo of rogue_knight
    rogue_knight Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    Good motto- crappy tattoo!
  7. Profile photo of IGORED
    IGORED Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    HA! SWALLOWS.
  8. Profile photo of thestringy
    thestringy Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    I would have expected them to hold the banner under the dorsal guiding feathers.
  9. Profile photo of bizzarmind
    bizzarmind Male 18-29
    390 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    I like the statement....the ink? not so much
  10. Profile photo of ThatWasFunny
    ThatWasFunny Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    I`m saying definitely not tattoo of the day.. Then should be Than.
  11. Profile photo of madduck
    madduck Female 50-59
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Oops- tense problems as well as bad art. Lets hope that can be altered.
  12. Profile photo of elHadji
    elHadji Male 70 & Over
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    I`m surprised there isn`t a website dedicated to misspelled tattoos.
  13. Profile photo of AlfishKK
    AlfishKK Female 18-29
    782 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    I bet if life really gave him the option, he`d be happy to live on his knees.
  14. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
    440 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    I love comedian Alexei Sayle`s version. He said
    "I would rather live with my head in a bucket of poo than die standing."

    Jerry Seinfeld agrees with him. He once said "Living is good. Dying, not so good."
  15. Profile photo of Nebbie
    Nebbie Male 18-29
    864 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    They`re sparrows. Traditional tattoo birds are sparrows.
  16. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    haha the tense issue makes it a different statement. It only works if you believe in reincarnation.
  17. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
    2508 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    "I`m surprised there isn`t a website dedicated to misspelled tattoos."

    The fooked up thing is, I can almost guarantee you that this isn`t a spelling mistake, but instead a matter of using the wrong word. Quite often people do interchange these two words even though it`s grammatically incorrect.
  18. Profile photo of LandoGriffin
    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    No, he wants to first die standing, then live on his knees sometime later. Oh, wait, maybe you are supposed to read it straight across, so it says "I would rather then live, die standing on my knees." So, given a choice, he would rather at that time live.
  19. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    31771 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    vv no `tense problems` here.
    See he wants to `die standing` THEN (after he`s dead) live on his knees. Some kind of zombie giving a blowjob seems to be involved...
  20. Profile photo of DeathToLems
    DeathToLems Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    i`ve heard similar lyrics from an exies song (stray) "I`d rather die on my feet then live here on my knees"
  21. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    31771 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    African Swallows - Pandabee
    +1 for the Monty Python reference!!
  22. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    Oh man, so close! Could have been really awesome if it was spelled correctly. Shame.
  23. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36198 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  24. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    @Nebbie,
    Uh, nope. Those birds are called swallows. Look it up.
  25. Profile photo of charlieb00
    charlieb00 Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    THEY HAVE SINNED CITY AND COLOUR :|
  26. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    Die first, revive on knees, go beat crap out of tattoo artist.
  27. Profile photo of Thetas
    Thetas Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    So he wants to die first and then live on his knees? Now I`m confused.
  28. Profile photo of jimbro
    jimbro Male 40-49
    184 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    for the people saying "tense problems": then and than are not two different tenses of the same word. they are completely different words and are NOT interchangeable. please learn to english.
  29. Profile photo of Satkela
    Satkela Female 18-29
    583 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    Does he mean he`d rather not be gay, or rather not pray?
  30. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Whyyyyyy?
  31. Profile photo of Kodyo
    Kodyo Male 18-29
    226 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Confused "then" with "than", lulz. Fail.
  32. Profile photo of Rangerahab
    Rangerahab Male 18-29
    161 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    Faggotry.
  33. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    People who get wordy tattoos should be required to bring a dictionary with them. I got a $100 that says he`s a republican from the south.
  34. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    @madest: This is an atheist tattoo so I doubt it.
  35. Profile photo of Revolutioniz
    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
    911 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    @auburnjunky: it`s not an athiest tattoo.. it`s just an old phrase meaning i`d rather die than live a coward, same thing as death before dishonor.
  36. Profile photo of ElMustache
    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    Auburn: Dude, you are sooooo wrong. Again. It`s Emiliano Zapata. "Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas."
  37. Profile photo of Poetorious
    Poetorious Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    me thinks he doth protest too much
  38. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    See he wants to `die standing` THEN (after he`s dead) live on his knees. Some kind of zombie giving a blowjob seems to be involved...

    That`s a very perverted thought, and thus highly appropriate for the internet. You win...something.
  39. Profile photo of GasMaskKid
    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
    694 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    is he proud, atheist, or homophobic? I`m taking bets
  40. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    African Swallows

    They`re non-migratory.

    What is your favourite colour?


    Brilliant film.
  41. Profile photo of BJH515
    BJH515 Male 18-29
    223 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    *Than
  42. Profile photo of Trypno
    Trypno Male 18-29
    474 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    *Than
    Should have checked his grammar first
  43. Profile photo of Pravda7
    Pravda7 Female 18-29
    290 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Nice thought but poorly done and the grammar shifts the scale towards fail.
  44. Profile photo of kingpong
    kingpong Male 18-29
    639 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    @zombunny and nebbie, they are both traditional bird tattoos to get, however the most traditional bird tattoos would have to be the swift and the bluebird due to their association with the sailing community, but most songbirds are acceptable as "traditional" tattoos. However, there is no way you can tell a swallow from a sparrow (or most birds for that matter).
  45. Profile photo of earthshone
    earthshone Male 18-29
    1688 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    African Swallows


    They`re non-migratory.

    What is your favourite colour?


    pink!.... NO! BLUE!!!!
  46. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    African or European swallow?
  47. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Also, thestringy`s reference is from here:

    Dorsal guiding feathers
  48. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm
    So... he `swallows` `on his knees`?

    (hears sound of someone frantically searching for Tattoo Remover lotion)
  49. Profile photo of emmettyville
    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm
    oh lionhart, oh, thats good...
  50. Profile photo of xhappyhourx
    xhappyhourx Female 18-29
    34 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm
    They used the wrong then/than.
  51. Profile photo of HOBOMOE
    HOBOMOE Male 18-29
    515 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm
    Oh IAB I had a little more faith in you.
  52. Profile photo of Dad4Life
    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2067 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    I`m guessing he is an east-coast lib.
  53. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    I would rather then live die standing on my knees
  54. Profile photo of Comet06
    Comet06 Female 18-29
    4 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    @KingPong: The Swallow is actually the most common bird to get as a tattoo. Swallows dates back to sailors getting this tattoo as a milestone to a particular number of miles traveled. Some also believe the swallow was a symbol of always returning home, though this fact changes depending on what source you`re reading from.

    The main *visual* distance between the Swallow and the Sparrow is the elongated tail, which belongs to the swallow.

    (*note: I was only able to use "swallow" in the post 6 times. I disappoint myself.)
  55. Profile photo of Comet06
    Comet06 Female 18-29
    4 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    And by main visual distance, I mean main visual difference.
  56. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm
    Oh I see, it`s supposed to be spelled "than".

    Am I doing it correctly?
  57. Profile photo of Crucible
    Crucible Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    This isn`t a good tattoo
  58. Profile photo of Renaud-
    Renaud- Male 18-29
    423 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    Proof that tatto artists don`t go to school
  59. Profile photo of MurphyBed
    MurphyBed Female 18-29
    126 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    It`s uneven. It`s really bugging me.
  60. Profile photo of KidGixxer
    KidGixxer Male 30-39
    182 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm
    Emiliano Zapata
  61. Profile photo of kingpong
    kingpong Male 18-29
    639 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    @comet, yeah swallows and sparrows are used now, but originally the swift represented 1000 nautical miles traveled and the bluebird (which is only found in America) was reserved for sailors who reached the New World (cardinals and jays were often used for this as well). The switch occurred once people started getting tattoos without the meaning and it was offensive to actual sailors. To the sailors, it was like a civilian wearing a Medal of Honor. Naturally conflicts occurred, but people didn`t want to quit getting the tattoos, so they switched to sparrows and swallows. Eventually this became the more popular style and is now falsely believed to be the original style.

    And because people embellish any art I`m not going to say that it would or would not be any species due to tail length. I can tell the difference on real birds but not on a painting.
  62. Profile photo of Swaywithme
    Swaywithme Female 18-29
    3696 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    heh...Shania Twain song.
  63. Profile photo of joemamma123
    joemamma123 Male 40-49
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    March 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    Then, than, what`s in a difference?
  64. Profile photo of forestq
    forestq Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    stupid. Way to be respectful to other peoples beliefs. and the birds are tacky...
  65. Profile photo of todayistodie
    todayistodie Male 18-29
    80 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm
    "I would rather die standing then live on my knees"
    so he would rather die standing up and then be reincarnated as a man with no lower half of his legs? im no ornithologist, but i can tell you that is not the word "than" but instead its close relative (from the same genus infact)"then". the words are very similar in appearance but behave much differently when observed in their natural habitat. On a more seriously sad, perhaps happy, note. If this guy lives in america he will probably never meet someone who will point out that permanent error either from ignorance (more likely) or courtesy. Which is somewhat sad but also happy because if no one notices he will never have to get it fixed. ignorance truly is bliss.
  66. Profile photo of todayistodie
    todayistodie Male 18-29
    80 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm
    @forestq lolwut?
  67. Profile photo of shepherd
    shepherd Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 12:21 am
    reading from left to right as normal people do, doesn`t this say "I would rather then live, die standing on my knees"??
    I think that this guy wants to live but would want the reader to die standing on his knees - what a weird sentiment.
  68. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 12:33 am
    I was impressed that IAB are finally getting to grips with simple bird ID, until I read kingpongs comment.

    Sparrows are stubby fat feckers that can barely fly and swallows are lithe aerial athletes that can easily carry a coconut aloft.



  69. Profile photo of Zulu42
    Zulu42 Male 18-29
    25 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 2:40 am
    Wow... forestq, if you assumed that by live on his knees he meant live religiously you are disturbingly misinformed and should seriously consider taking up world history.

    Does the name Emiliano Zapata ring a bell?
  70. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 2:58 am
    meh......
  71. Profile photo of thebigsmoke
    thebigsmoke Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 5:13 am
    Idiot ... It should read "I`d rather die standing THAN live on my knees." Not "then"

    Fail
  72. Profile photo of kingpong
    kingpong Male 18-29
    639 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 5:42 am
    No, I know the difference between a swallow and sparrow in real life, however in this style of tattooing it is often hard to distinguish. Not to mention that there is more than one variety of each. While sparrows are generally "stubby fat feckers" there are multiple varieties that have the long tail and more coloration, there are also swallows with shorter tails and less coloration. My point is that the birds are closely related and in this tattoo it has characteristics of both birds. This bird has the usual body of a sparrow, the usual tail of a swallow, and the coloration of an Eastern blue. I know birds, this isn`t anyone I`m familiar with.
  73. Profile photo of leckles1
    leckles1 Female 18-29
    56 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 5:50 am
    @thebigsmoke
    i think we all got that thanks!
  74. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    March 16, 2011 at 6:09 am
    Sparrows don`t have lengthened outer tail feathers, they don`t have pointed wing shapes, they have prominent beaks, rather than wide insect catching gapes. They are not blue on the back and red on the breast. Its fairly safe to say these are representations of barn swallow or one of the closely related species, not a sparrow of either definition (i.e. neither an old world sparrow (true sparrow) nor a new world sparrow (a bunting)).

    Now I could understand you not knowing the difference between species of the closely related families emberizidae and passeridae, but not between either of those and the distantly related hirundidae. Even in cr*p tattoo form.

    Matt Taxonomy Nazi
  75. Profile photo of lifeavoidit
    lifeavoidit Male 30-39
    267 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 6:25 am
    lol at the spelling mistake.
  76. Profile photo of oOFELIXOo
    oOFELIXOo Female 18-29
    177 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 6:39 am
    he must really not like sucking weiner
  77. Profile photo of shalealiz
    shalealiz Female 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 7:00 am
    LOL...his grammar mistake actually makes the message sound exactly opposite of the point he`s trying to make HAHAHHAHAHA
  78. Profile photo of ledzeppeloyd
    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    March 16, 2011 at 7:22 am
    o people and their stupid grammar, getting it wrong is like jeez, but getting it wrong on a tattoo, is like palm to face
  79. Profile photo of chimmeychang
    chimmeychang Male 30-39
    685 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 7:26 am
    I would rather die standing, then live on my knees. this guy doesn`t want to pray till he gets to heaven...I think he has it backwards.
  80. Profile photo of Tiredofnicks
    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 8:04 am
    So wait, he`d rather be a forever-kneeling Jesus?
  81. Profile photo of Cookie420
    Cookie420 Male 18-29
    55 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 9:04 am
    A common trend i`m noticing here is that everybody is continuously overlooking the fact that you are all more than likely misinterpreting the meaning of the tattoo. I think his statement is that he doesn`t believe in prayer.
  82. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 9:28 am
    I dont think this looks very cool.
  83. Profile photo of Funkytoes
    Funkytoes Female 18-29
    170 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 10:06 am
    Hmm.. may have my English grammar wrong but isn`t it supposed to say "than"? Oo
  84. Profile photo of JimboSlice
    JimboSlice Male 18-29
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    March 16, 2011 at 10:30 am
    its not about praying, ya dummies... its about rights. Its like saying I wont go down without a fight. and yeah "then" should be "than"
  85. Profile photo of kissmybim
    kissmybim Male 40-49
    439 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 10:30 am
    he wants to die strong in his beliefs then live his afterlife worshiping God. thats the differance between then and than.
  86. Profile photo of Sidragasum
    Sidragasum Male 18-29
    169 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 10:34 am
    That`s utter pooe. He probably saw someone with it and thought it was a good idea. Meaningful tattoos like this are poo.
  87. Profile photo of green_btrfly
    green_btrfly Female 18-29
    751 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 11:33 am
    what`s with the whole swallow tattoo trend??? they all look the same too :/
  88. Profile photo of PfulHouse
    PfulHouse Male 30-39
    371 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    The are supposed to be carrying coconuts.

    Also: Funkytoes is correct.
  89. Profile photo of WorstCaseOnt
    WorstCaseOnt Male 30-39
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    March 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    I think it`s some sort of metaphor - he spends alot of time on his knees - swallowing...
  90. Profile photo of captaindan
    captaindan Male 40-49
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    March 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    I am tired of dropout tattoo artists that abuse the english language. Let`s try than and not then.
  91. Profile photo of xtreme_dude
    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    March 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    So he wants too die standing THEN live on his knees?
  92. Profile photo of rikakitty
    rikakitty Female 18-29
    683 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    LOL, xtreme_dude. I totally missed that.
  93. Profile photo of gibnathrower
    gibnathrower Female 18-29
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    March 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    Then/Than...the birds look angry...the banner doesn`t flow properly...and even if the message had been delivered properly, it still sucks. you want to live? go live! don`t get a tattoo about it.
  94. Profile photo of cheap_thrill
    cheap_thrill Male 30-39
    29 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    Well despite the clear abuse of the English language the tattoo should say: "It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees" Which is a quote that is usually WRONGLY attributed to Ernesto "Che" Guevara, And was said by Emiliano Zepata.
  95. Profile photo of taintedwayz
    taintedwayz Male 18-29
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    March 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm
    "Es mejor morir de pie que vivir arrodillado." Emiliano Zapata
  96. Profile photo of NZBNR
    NZBNR Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2012 at 5:05 am
    What if he were to lose his legs from the knee down?

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