The tattoo reads, in Latin:
"Amen, amendico vobis,nisi granumfrumenticadens interram,mortuumfuerit, ipsumsolum manet:si autummortuumfuerit,multumfrustumaffert"
Samuel, who had this tattoo on his leg, translated this as "Truly, truly, I say unto you, unless a seed falls into the earth and dies, it does alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit."
This is from the Latin Vulgate, the late 4th Century translation of the gospels that became the was the Catholic Church's official text for centuries. The passage hails from the Book of John, Chapter 12, Verse 24.
Samuel said he interprets this to also mean, "Kill your desires, get the work done and you'll prosper," noting that the sentiment is "as Buddhist as it is Christian."
The font used is a customized version meant to recall Gothic lettering and told me this was inked at Spike-O-Matic Tattoo (@spikeomatictattoo) in Madison, Wisconsin.
Thanks to Samuel for sharing his cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
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