26 apr. 1986

Barcode Tattoo Manifesto

This manifesto is an answer to all the questions one has ever had about my bar-code tattoo and was afraid to ask, or that one has asked but I wasn't patient enough to explain.

Chernobyl Generation

First of all, starting with the number encoded in the bar-code, it's the date 26 April 1986, the day when the 4th reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during a test (or so they say), mainly because of design flaws, lack of proper communication and a deficient safety culture, derived, in my opinion, from the Russian avos' mentality. Let it be a life-long reminder that Quality Assurance and independent validation are not matters that can be ignored and which must be imperatively enforced.

My identification with the "Chernobyl Generation" is by no means one of victimization, but then again, a reminder that action is due to counter the traces that it may have left.

A statement of individuality

At least a bit ironical, and at most an intended absurdity - wearing a bar-code/number combination (which usually are to be found printed on identical items, produced in series) is meant to emphasize by contradiction the individuality of each. That despite being labeled and numbered - each and every one of us is an unique specimen and not just another variable in a government statistic.


Technically, yes. But besides the practical aspect of the ultra-short haircut, there's nothing more to it for me. I am not inclining to neither Fa nor Antifa, and I'm not even fond of their preferred musical genres.
Ideologically speaking, I incline towards social-liberal political views and I totally am racially indifferent (we're all African deep down at our roots, by the way).

This manifesto is subject to change without notice as it reflects my views and the weight I put in the different symbols at the time of writing. If, supposing, I change my perception towards a certain aspect or I think it is relevant no more - you are not entitled to point me to the old version in order to prove anything. I can and I do change my views (as long as there are enough plausible arguments) on matters that are proven to be otherwise than believed initially.