I've had this particular tattoo idea for a long time, at least a couple of years. I was never going to get a tattoo that had anything to do with poker or jiujitsu or fighting. All those things are important to me, but just seem kind of lame to have as tattoos (for me; no offense intended to anyone else). I wanted something that it was unlikely very many people had, and at the same time, I wanted it to be significant. So what kinds of ideas shape my life philosophy, or the way I think? Well, I think I managed it on all fronts:
Definitely my life outlook is shaped by the ideas of statistical expectation and variance right? And yeah, I could have done a lot of different functions, but normal curves are pretty.
Anyway, several months later, I'm pretty happy with it. I've received a lot of compliments on it, even from people who don't get what it is. Actually, those people are typically even more curious about it because they've never seen a tattoo anything remotely like that. And the target demographic (math geeks and those who hang around math geeks) loves it, too: Jerrod interrupted a phone conversation with Michelle by saying, "...aaaand Terrence has a normal curve tattooed on his chest." "Why? Because he's awesome."
But I think the best description (and compliment!) came from Hoss, who said, "that has to be the nerdiest meatheadiest thing I have ever seen." Yeah, that's about right. I'm definitely a little meatheady and nerdy, so this seems like the perfect thing to have on my body.