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Joaquin Phoenix Explains Bad Tattoo

Actor Joaquin Phoenix‘s badly drawn tattoo was the result of his desperate desire to stay away from fashionable body etchings.

The Signs actor was vacationing in Italy when he decided to get the permanent marking on his arm–but it didn’t quite go according to plan.

He explains, “I was in Florence and we had just been to the fashion week in Milan. Everybody had these Gaelic symbols that were about wisdom, things like that.

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“I’d always dreamed about getting a tattoo but I didn’t want it to be a fashionable symbol. So I said, ‘Let’s get a ‘nothing’ tattoo.’ That’s why I have this badly drawn circle.

“It hurt like hell and there was also a problem with the language barrier.”

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