Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans new quarterback has a big problem. On his left bicep, he has a tattoo with the phrase “Live Life to it’s Fullest.” On his right bicep, Osweiler has the phrase “Leave Your Legacy.” These are good motivational messages for the young quarterback. The problem is that “Live Life to it’s Fullest” is improper grammar. It should be “its” not “it’s” which would read “Live Life to it is Fullest.” Phil Hecken, a constant contributor to Uni Watch, pointed out the grammar mistake on twitter last night. (He, of course, spelled “catastrophe” wrong in his tweet, but we’re going to assume, much like we did in the headline, that was purposeful.)
Brock Osweiler...with an apostrophe catastrope https://t.co/b96bXvMqZZ—
Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) March 15, 2016
Some people called this to be a Photoshop job. But we’ve found a photo on Getty Images where you can see the tattoo clearly is not Photoshopped.
Here is a closer look at the left bicep.
Now this picture is five years old. And we would love to tell you that Brock has had the tattoo fixed, covered up or lasered off because he’s embarrassed that in college he got a bad tattoo like 30% of people who get a tattoo in college, but we can’t. (My friend got two dolphins around her belly button when we were 20. Four kids and 13 years later she hates it and only wears one piece swimsuits because of it.) All the pictures we can find of Brock with the Broncos he is wearing sleeves or compression sleeves around both his biceps.
Here is why this is a problem:
1. You have to double check your work. You have to make sure that when you’re permanently marking something on your body that it is correct. You can’t accept an error like this to scar your legacy for the entirety of your life. When they put a tattoo on, before they start actually putting ink into skin, they show it to you to make sure it’s (correctly used the contraction of it is) exactly what you want.
2. Judgement. Are motivational phrases on your biceps really the best choice for a tattoo? What happened to really cool animals or mythical creatures like a dragon or a griffin? I’d feel much better about Brock’s (possessive apostrophe used correctly) tattoo if it was one of those on each bicep.
3. Embarrassment. The new Texans quarterback has not shown his biceps in professional football, as far as we can tell. Which leads us to believe he now knows of the mistake and is embarrassed by it.
Why it isn’t a problem:
1. Commonality. The contraction of “it is” to “it’s” and the possessive “its” is probably one of the more common mistakes people make with grammar. And it is pretty understandable because every other time you use the possessive ‘s’ it is supposed to be used with an apostrophe. “It’s Brock’s Tattoo.” Doesn’t that look weird? It does. That is the only reason I’m giving Brock a pass on this tattoo mistake.
If he had used “your” instead of “you’re” or “their” instead of “there” or “they’re” it would be a much bigger issue. We’ll have to wait and see if Brock ditches the sleeves in the Texas heat of training camp.
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