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...what typeface would you use, or would you illustrate it.
Illustrate. If I found a really good illustrator.
I'd use the ampersand from a font that held some special significance to me. Maybe the & from my wedding invite, or the ones from Joanna and Georgia (my daughters names are Johanna and Georgia, for reasons unrelated to type.)
Maybe if there's an ampersand in the epitaph of one of your heros, or a relative. Do a rubbing and use that. The possibilities to work some kind of meaning into it are endless.
What kind of person are you going to be for the rest of your life?
> What kind of person are you going to be for the rest of your life?
Dot Matrix if I am to believe certain sources.
...I would hope someone would stop me.
I'd go with something really old. Historical, in fact. Possibly Trajan or Garamond.
I think the more ill-advised a tattoo, the better it will ultimately serve as a reminder of the transience of identity. One fantastic reason to get a tattoo is that (most) people harbor delusions that at least some of the things that make them who they are are immutable. I’d be surprised if anything about a person is necessarily safe from change. I know a lot of self-serving middle-aged types who could benefit from a daily reminder that they were once myopic 20-year-olds.
And that said, the illusion of the durability of identity is often a very complete one, and the pleasure (short-term) of a tattoo can be great. It’s an experience, and one that carries truly minor risks compared to some of the things people do to metaphysically scarify themselves.
Why do you want an ampersand?
May I suggest the ampersand in this font? http://www.dafont.com/rose-caps.font
If you'd like an Illustrated ampersand