While boarding a helicopter in Monaco, Brad Pitt's new tattoo was unveiled in photos picked up by celebitchy, then Britain's Daily Mail and across the internets. The lines and squares of the tattoo could be anything -- an Escher print, Chutes and Ladders, an Ashton Kutcher Pop Fiction episode -- but there have been comparisons to a map of the breached levee system in New Orleans.
If that's the way the levee system makes the news at the dawn of this year's hurricane season, then bravo to Pitt who also founded Make it Right NOLA to rebuild homes in the still devastated 9th Ward, supports Global Green's Holy Cross project and has moved to the French Quarter with his family.
Some potential tattoo follow-ups (more suggestions are welcome):
- A map of the coastal wetlands. This one would be painful as it would involve laser surgery to erase the wetlands as they sink into the ocean, unless something is done to restore them. New Orleans has been listed on ProTraveler's 20 destinations in danger of being lost to global warming.
- Chocolate City. Mayor Ray Nagin, the superdelegate who just endorsed Barack Obama, sparked tee shirts throughout the Quarter with the comment that New Orleans would be a chocolate city again. Could be an ankle logo.
- An oyster po boy, dressed. Perhaps in the belly area.
- An image of the Pontalba Apartments. Baroness Michaela Pontalba returned to New Orleans from Paris after her father-in-law's murder attempt and found that Creole families were moving out of the French Quarter. To revitalize the area, she built America's oldest apartment building and convinced officials to restore the town square. That could fit nicely on the bicep of an architecture buff.
- ReDefine 8/29. Still appropriate for Hurricane Katrina's upcoming three year Anti-versary.
- And finally, fellow Missouri transplant Tennessee Williams' line: "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Over the heart.