And I make jokes about it. I do.I make jokes about it now.
But it was kind of a scary timein my life.
I was really livingin ill-advised fashion.
And it got scary.I was having panic attacks.
It was really scary at points.
So I kept tryingto tell myself, like,
"Remember that thisis good stuff ultimately.
"Like, I'm feeling a lotof positive momentum
"I haven't felt in a long time,like, these are good changes.
"I can't forget that.I need to do
something permanentso I never forget that."
So at the age of 32,
without thinkingabout it at all,
on a total whim, I wandered
into a Brooklyn tattoo parlor,
and had them tattooon my right bicep
"It takes strengthto be gentle and kind."
(crowd claps, cheers)
Now, that's a song lyric.
Does anybody knowwho wrote that lyric?
MAN: The Smiths!The Smiths.
That's a Morrissey lyric
from when he waswith the Smiths.
For anybodythat doesn't remember,
Morrissey, the front manof the Smiths,
the British quartet,
kind of like fey,sad-sack icons.
I cannot be gettingMorrissey lyrics tattooed
on my body at the age of 32.
That is not acceptable.
I'm not a sad 19-year-oldcollege kid anymore.
I can't be gettingMorrissey tattoos.
And I can feel this whole roomsaying to themselves,
"It's a cheesy tattoo,but it's not the worst one
I've ever heard of."
But what you don't know
is I already had the word
"Morrissey" on the same arm.