JOIN or DIE – Craig Ferguson’s tattoo

This is pretty badass:

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Join, or Die is a famous political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America. It is a woodcut showing a snake severed into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initial of a British American colony or region.

Video of when he showed it to the girls on “The View” ( at  1:32 ):

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Video of when he showed and explained it to Kristen Bell on his show (at 2:45):

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Learn about Join or Die on wiki – HERE

More about Craig Ferguson on wiki – HERE

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Stew Magoo December 29, 2009 at 01:14 am

I have this same tattoo. In 1774 Paul Revere added it to the masthead of The Massachusetts Spy and showed the snake fighting a British dragon. Revere changed the snake a little, and his is the version I have.

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Admin (Mike) December 31, 2009 at 11:02 am
Stew Magoo November 1, 2013 at 03:02 pm

Yes, that one. I wanted something patriotic that wasn’t a flag or an eagle.

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john wayne November 21, 2013 at 07:31 pm

You must look retarded, what a utterly stupid tattoo . then again i imagine your stupid as hell and also whitetrash. I bet you looooove when people ask you about it?, or I bet you love to try and mention it or show it off. No one cares about your tattoo but you. I notice how you had to write about it. I bet secretly you regret it. If not your in denial and have to make yourself feel good about it by tlaking about it on comment boards. Go ahead its your body, im sur ethe hot blonde across the bar get so excited when your there

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Steven January 14, 2014 at 08:30 pm

John Wayne you are the biggest troll. Go fuck yourself ya cunt wipe.

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Vinny January 24, 2010 at 01:25 am

He’s already more American than those Progressive idiot woman could ever be.

Live Free or Die….Hooah!

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Admin (Mike) January 24, 2010 at 01:35 am

No kidding!

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james July 10, 2010 at 03:25 am

are you retarded? The tattoo represents the necessity of the federal government. Most americans know nothing, nothing about being an american. its sad.

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Shamrock July 18, 2010 at 04:08 am

It does NOT represent the necessity of the federal government…it is a cry for the several independent colonies to join forces and fight the British empire, or to watch the fledgling nation of loosely joined states in the form of a republic, die. The federal government you see now was not a thought in the minds of the founders back then (read their writings), it became the albatross it is now through the actions of Lincoln (trying to hold a country together, but chipping away at a State’s rights), and even more overtly through FDR and his moves to have the government become a nanny state.

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Rickie August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Shamrock, NO IT DOES NOT.

It was first produced in 1754 by Franklin to stress the importance of a federally governed colony in response to the threat posed by the Native Americans and French in North America.

It has NOTHING to do with independence or Republicanism.

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Mike October 5, 2010 at 04:13 pm

You are both right. While it originally was intended to unite the colonies against the French and Indians, it was later adopted and used extensively as a rallying banner for American Independence.

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Shari February 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

Did I see this tattoo on someone in a recent movie or TV show?

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Admin (Mike) February 10, 2010 at 02:58 pm

That’s likely. It’s a very popular tattoo. Awesome historic meaning, great phrase, and a badass snake cut into pieces… what’s not to like? :P

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weeknightingale February 24, 2010 at 01:25 pm

Love Craig Ferguson!

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Samantha February 27, 2010 at 09:13 am

What a nice guy!

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Erik March 30, 2010 at 12:35 am

Yeah, I love Craig Ferguson. This is a guy who became American by choice and then to show how much he loves and appreciates his new home he tats himself with something overtly patriotic. He deserves citizenship more than some others I can think of. And yes the show you were thinking of where you saw that snake is most likely on Glenn Beck on the 9-12 project – Unite or Die. http://je9jeanine.blogspot.com/2009/03/glen-becks-9-12-program.html

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Admin (Mike) March 30, 2010 at 02:11 pm

Craig Ferguson definitely seems like a good guy. I agree, he definitely deserves his citizenship.

Interesting Glenn Beck link!

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james July 10, 2010 at 03:29 am

only Glenn Beck would be stupid enough to put federal propaganda on his show and consider it oligarchial.

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Joan April 26, 2010 at 06:04 pm

HE’S THE BEST OF TALK SHOW HOSTS! RIGHT ON CRAIG!! WELCOME TO AMERICA :))

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Patience May 19, 2011 at 06:51 pm

Dear Rickie … it had nothing to do with French or Native Americans either, it was a satirical cartoon created by Ben Franklin to to encourage the unification of the 13 colonies against the British Crown.

I just love it when people blame Native Americans for stuff… um the name says it all.. NATIVE Americans. Way I see it you all are treading on our land. Peace out.. Oh and Craig Ferguson rocks and has the right idea for being an American, being one by choice not by force.

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Nicholas Mathews May 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

“Join, or Die” is a well-known political cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America. It is a woodcut showing a snake cut into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initials of one of the thirteen American colonies or region. New England was represented as one segment, rather than the four colonies it was at that time. In addition, Delaware (then a part of Pennsylvania) and Georgia were omitted completely. Thus, it has 8 segments of snake rather than the traditional 13 colonies. The two northernmost British American colonies at the time, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, were not represented, nor were any British Caribbean possessions. The cartoon appeared along with Franklin’s editorial about the “disunited state” of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity. During that era, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset. This cartoon was used in the French and Indian War to symbolize that the colonies needed to join together with England to defeat the French and Indians. It became a symbol of colonial freedom during the

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Nicholas Mathews May 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

American Revolution.

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Jamie November 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

The hell is with the camera angle at 2:00? it’s like, the side of Craig’s shoulder or something….way to be professional cameraman.

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Gonzo January 1, 2013 at 01:08 pm

Really? Do you know nothing about production?

Jamie this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve heard yet.

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Nicholle July 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Is being rude really necessary? Seriously.

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David Pyzik November 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Seriously!? Dang it! I thought this would be a great tattoo on the same dang place (only, my left arm).

Poop. I have an appointment this weekend.

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joe blowme November 21, 2013 at 05:51 pm

What a stupid tatoo. Bad enough marking your whole arm with a dum 1700′s political slogan. But to think its cool, and to like it because you like craig? I like his show. But the tatoo is dumb. At least get just a dragon or snake tatoo and maybe put your wife or girlfriend or something actually relavant on your arm. Wow. Why do people want to become “badasses” and think the way to be cool and “badass” is to get a dumb mark on theyre body. Now tatoos are sick when they are good artwork or a really cool menaingful tatoo. But this is simply dumb. And dont argue and say he wants to promote america, and is proud of his citizenship. Or that he is cool because of his anti governmentness. Put something cooler, this is a retarded political statment and a dumb way to ruin the way your forearm looks

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bobmarks November 21, 2013 at 07:23 pm

Your an ass

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Shamrock November 21, 2013 at 08:41 pm

So what you believe is “relevant” is the only relevance that others are allowed to have tattooed into their skin, otherwise, it’s “stupid” and “dumb”? I have to say, a dragon or a snake with no significance to the person getting it is the definition of a dumb tattoo – getting a “cool dragon” just to have a tattoo is the epitome of something people regret later. I have a few tattoos myself, and each means something to me, regardless of who says what in an Internet post; I didn’t get them to impress people, I got them as a reminder of something, or someone, and because they mean something to me, I don’t hide them…I don’t go out of my way to show them, and most of the time forget they are there unless someone comments on one of them…and I think you’ll find this to be true of most people who have tattoos.

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Chris_L February 1, 2014 at 09:36 pm

What about what Craig said in the above interview makes you think he got the tattoo to be a “badass”? Oh, I guess you have some inside insight into his decision. Maybe your friends with him and spoke to him about this? Surely that’s the case, and not just you trashing someone when you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about…

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pussy secretiondrinker November 21, 2013 at 06:04 pm

I agree with joe blow me. Bottom line even if it is meaningful to craig it is a stupid tatoo. Just get a snake or sometihng you came up with. And I agree make it menaingful with your own wording. Who cares about what ben franklin said in the 1700s? Also I hope David Plyzic was joking. You must be a dumb trashbag if you were really gonna get that tatoo on your arm just like him, even if you didnt know he had it. Why on earth would you think your making a statement with that dumb tatoo? Get a cool piece of art not that stupid snake and state names. Fuck the states, your body and mind transcend the U.S. and the earth your a beautiful human being. Get something full of life and meaning. Guarentee you just want to walk around with your sleeve rolled up to show it off like your so cool. Just hoping someone will ask you about it. Then you can go ahead and tell them the dumb speal, then they will flatter you telling you its cool and thats a neat political idea you never knew of. When really if you read my comment making fun of you, you would laugh and totally agree. Come on man, get something cool something totally original and actually meaningful. Also no matter what you say your ego wants to show off how cool you are for having and getting through the Pain of a tattoo. If you were a real man, you would wear your tatoo silently knowing what you had secretly on your arm. The Japanese full suit tattoos are like this, it is a discrace for anyone to know you have it. And lastly how cool would it be if somehow someone found out and you hadnt told them or tried to brag about your tatoo then they would really want to know more about you because you wrent like every trashbag who has to show off theyre fashion tats. I seriously hat when someone with tatoos has no shirt on or theyre sleves rolled or clothing adjusted so you can definetly see the tatoo. And I love tatoos and piercings, but I seriously think the ego jerks have little dicks and cant score with women with theyre mind and heart, so they think these external images are gonna really show what they are all about. You should not live behind the images, you should be the images. Damn you struck a nerve, please I hope you werent serious about the tatoo, actually I hope you were youdeserve to have that attrocious thing on your arm for life, and get some more too just so you will be a walking billboard that says “lookim wearing my ego” and look im a trashy F.aggit

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jenniferVasquez November 21, 2013 at 07:27 pm

your Pretty narrow minded, but I totally agree about people showing off tattoos. As a woman I find these guys egotistical and arrogant. They always try and act sweet like they are tough but nice, I don’t fall for it for a second. Usually tattoo guys are either unintelligent, or really unattractive. Oh and I totally agree about how dumb this tattoo is. Or any political statement. Not to mention ugly as heck

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Shamrock November 21, 2013 at 08:14 pm

I have to say that it seems superficial to believe that men (you don’t seem to include women, but maybe that was just an oversight on your part) are “egotistical and arrogant” as well as “unintelligent, or really unattractive.”

I doubt that you actually mean that your ideas about what is a significant tattoo is a pattern that every person who gets a tattoo should follow; I would hope that you believe that no tattoo is stupid or ugly if it is something that holds special meaning to the owner of that tattoo – even if it’s a tattoo you may not connect with, or understand the meaning it holds for the person who wears it.

I hope any tattoo you may have, or eve may get, is not judged by others based on something that they don’t connect with, but if that ever is the case, I’m sure that the meaning the tattoo holds for you will alleviate the ignorance of those who may condem your wearing it proudly as the work of art you see in it – political statement or not.

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Shamrock November 21, 2013 at 08:31 pm

What a rambling piece of nonsense this is; the funniest part is that the tattoos which you think mean something, like a just a snake, mean nothing to me, it’s just a drawing that has been inked into someone’s flesh…and yet I understand that each person has a reason for having a tattoo placed on their skin. The other point you make about tattoos is also nonsensical – tattoos are works of art that are painted on a person in order to share with others in their world, much like a painting or any other work of art. People who buy art don’t shove it in a closet or storage room, they display it as something not only they can appreciate, but those around them as well.

As to “who cares what Ben Franklin said in the 1700′s?,” I would add, who cares what you think in 2013? To many, Franklin and the Founders are voices that speak to their beliefs – in politics, philosophy, education, the arts, the military, etc; most people recognize the genius that was held by this collection of scholars that shaped our country. While I take that you could care less about this country based on your statement about it, it is an opinion that most Americans don’t share, and that is why the Founders are revered and quoted, and your ramblings are shared anonymously in a post on a thread.

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john smith November 21, 2013 at 06:09 pm

wow that really musta struck a nerve, who cares what other people do with theyre bodies its a free country. And plus your right let the dummies get the marks allover theyre bodies. It definetly says something about them hahahaha. Wow thats so progressive really makes a statement, better show everyone hahahah, although I disagree with judging people. He’s right people you gotta agree. I love the craig ferg show. But the tattoo is kinda eh… to each theyre own though its a free country. Go to badtatoos.com I think it is or google bad tatoos them are some really hilariously bad tatoos, some really dumb statements this one is mild compared to them I have laughed out loud at the site

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David Pyzik November 22, 2013 at 07:15 am

I agree with Shamrock’s statements. You’ll be happy to know I did indeed get the tattoo, of the original drawing.

In my mind, it was/is art. A simple image and short phrase was able to move a forming nation and later was adopted to move it again.

I did not place the image on my body to please random people on the internet, so it’s not of my concern if you or anyone else approves.

Cheers.

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Shamrock November 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

Good to hear you got the tattoo you wanted, and weren’t swayed by foolish children on an internet thread; enjoy your art.

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Vandew March 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Pussysecretiondrinker loses ALL credibility not only by having such an arrogant, childish internet handle, but even his street cred by being unable to even spell the word “tattoo,” much less give rational advice about them.

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