Why a Microsoft Logo Makes a Bad Tattoo

It’s generally a good rule of thumb to avoid tattoos of your company’s logo.


For Microsoft solutions adviser Dan Woodman, that advice, unfortunately, came a little too late.

Woodman took Microsoft’s mantra “Change the world or go home” so seriously, he got a tattoo of the blue monster mascot that went with it. Then he started a blog to profess his undying love for Microsoft.

I guess he didn’t change the world because Microsoft sent him home—permanently—in its latest round of layoffs.

Oh, Dan. Buddy. Didn’t you see what happened with Angelina and Billy Bob? Or with Bret Michaels and Heather from Scores?

Getting a tattoo of your love’s name is like the kiss of death! You're almost guaranteed to break up.

For his part, Woodman is taking it in stride.

In a blog post, he writes: "The truth is, I haven't regretted that tattoo since I got it and now is no exception. The Blue Monster is staying. :)"

"Working at Microsoft has been the greatest experience of my life and I have no desire to forget about it. And even if I don't get back into Microsoft right away (which is, by the way, my plan!), then I have a reminder that even outside of Microsoft, I need to do my best to change the world every single day," Woodman wrote.

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  • And, in case they Costanza him and cut off his access, Woodman tells fans he's starting a new blog, where he declares that he is—er, was—proud to work for Microsoft!

    In this economy, Dan's story is an important lesson for us all: We should do our best every day to try to change the world. But everything is fleeting at a time like this—our homes, our jobs, our loves. So we should probably hold off on any permanent corporate branding of our person.

    Um, anyone have any suggestions for how to cover up a CNBC tramp stamp?!

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