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12 Monkeys

Last night I re-watched Twelve Monkeys, the post-apocalyptic thriller starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. Willis is James Cole, a prison inmate sometime in the 2020s, long after 99% of the world has been wiped out by a viral outbreak.

I had forgotten, though, that Cole has a barcode tattooed to both sides of his neck, which a prison guard scans early in the movie to retrieve Cole's criminal record.

Given my recent work on inscribed athletic bodies, this struck me right away. In fact, I have wondered before why pro sports leagues don't have bar codes affixed to players, since it would reduce the noise in communication transmission between the various administrators of the game.

Until that time, get your own bar code tattoos!


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