Walking through the local university on my way to work this morning, my mind already wandering far from the demands of the day, I fell into step behind a hipster student sporting, amid 'sleeves' of variegated tattoos on both his arms, a tattoo of a human face upon his left elbow.
Only seconds after registering this portrait in flesh and ink, I spotted a campus cop walking towards us whose jowly features were a dead ringer for those of the elbow. Such was the likeness twixt cop's face and painted elbow that I wanted to stop both parties mid-stride and bring the resemblance to their attention.
"Hey, ha ha, that tattoo on your elbow. It's supposed to be a fire demon, some cyborg from Star Trek or the lead singer of Nirvana, right? But it actually looks exactly like this fat guy here wearing the ill-fitting uniform carrying a plaid thermos and mini-cooler! Ha ha. What do you think about that, Mr Skinnyjeans? Ha ha."
But I decided nobody wants to spend the rest of their life knowing they have an image of overweight, petty law enforcement indelibly adorning on their elbow. So I didn't say anything and we each went our separate way. Tattooed Fool, Elbow Face and the weary Worker Bee: three corners of an unlikely triangle.