What does Megan Fox's Nietzsche tattoo say? MGK forgets in GQ video

Yasmine Leung October 15, 2021
What does Megan Fox's Nietzsche tattoo say? MGK forgets in GQ video

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly participated in GQ’s Couples Quiz and he couldn’t recall what her Nietzsche tattoo reads. Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer.

The hottest couple of 2021?

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly dropped jaws when photos of their GQ feature published.

With the actress wearing next to nothing, pointing a gun at her man’s crotch while he towers over her in a long blazer coat, the sultry monochrome photo definitely does them justice for the title of “Hollywood’s hottest new power couple”.

The couple haven’t been ones to shy away with their PDA, especially at award shows, and their GQ cover is no exception.

Their friendship with fellow couple Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian was captured in the viral photo of the pairs kissing in the toilets at the 2021 VMA’s. During the show, the girlfriends introduced their other half’s as “baby daddies”.

During their GQ video, Fox quizzed Colson Baker on her tattoos – he did a pretty good job at naming them all, but he failed to recall what her Nietzsche tattoo is.

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What does Megan Fox’s Nietzsche tattoo say?

The tattoo on the back of her right rib cage reads: “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music”

It can be interpreted as people should live their life how they desire, since those who aren’t in their circumstances won’t understand.

She got the new ink in 2010 and although she claims it is by German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche, The Guardian reports that King’s College London lecturer and Nietzsche expert Dr Christopher Hamilton, disagrees with the attribution: “I don’t recall reading it in Nietzsche. And it doesn’t even sound much like Nietzsche to me.”

The truth is so mysterious that Redditors have taken it upon themselves to discuss the quote.

One agrees that there’s no evidence of the writer ever saying the ambiguous quote, while another claims that it’s weird alternate version of his actual statement “The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly” in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

How many tattoos does Fox have?

The Jennifer’s Body star has a total of nine inks from her ankle up to her neck.

Her right inner ankle is adorned with an overlapped orange crescent moon and blue star, while her right arm has a image of Marilyn Monroe.

She seems to be a fan of tattoos with a Chinese origin: her left wrist has a Yin Yang graphic and the back of her neck has the Chinese character for strength.

Other than the Nietzsche quote, she has “We will all laugh at Gilded Butterflies” near her right shoulder. In the video, Fox claims that it is by Shakespeare, but apparently it was actually s in the play King Lear, where he says “…tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies…”

To gild something is to cover it in gold, and doing this to a butterfly will make it valuable, but it will no longer be able to fly so the gold is wasted. Therefore, a gilded butterfly is something that looks good, but in reality, is not.

Fox’s left rib is tatted with a poem that she reportedly wrote herself: “There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her HEART”, and she has a “Brian” written on her right hip bone, in reference to her ex-husband Brian Austin Green. It’s unknown whether it has been removed yet.

GQ’s feature also mentioned that the loved-up couple gave each other matching art just before the interview. They read “The darkest fairytale”, referring to “one of the first text messages we ever sent each other”, said Fox.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.