FAQ: Richey Edwards

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1. What do Richey's tattoos say?
2. What year was Richey born?

1. What do Richey's tattoos say?
The earliest tattoo says "Useless Generation".
In Autumn 1994, he got three new ones. I think it's best to quote Simon Price's book Everything, for their description:

"There were two intricate circular diagrams, one with the words Hemisphere, Jerusalem, Land, Water, Hemisphere, Hell, Mount and Purgatory (apparently derived from the seven concentric circles of Hell as depicted in Dante's Inferno), the other bearing the Caina, Antendra, Ptolomae and Judecca, with the condemning additions 'Traitors to their Lovers, Traitors to their Guests, Traitors to their Country, Traitors to their Kindred'. Obscure biblical/classical references, and more fuel to the rumour that Richey had found God in the Priory. The third tattoo read 'I'll surf this beach', a quote from Apocalypse Now."

A visitor to my old message board, Max Von Denizen, added the following information:

"The two circles described in the Tattoos seems to make reference to Dante's Inferno (and possibly Purgatorio). The first seems a description of the universe where the Divine Comedy is set (Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso). It was believed at one point that Jerusalem was at the centre of the worlds continents and beneath it was hell. On the opposite side of the planet from Jerusalem was the mountain / island of purgatory, to which Dante emerges in Book 2 (Purgatorio).
"The tattoo quoted on the FAQ as saying: 'Traitors to their Lovers, Traitors to their Guests, Traitors to their Country, Traitors to their Kindred'. Obscure biblical/classical references, and more fuel to the rumour that Richey had found God in the Priory. Both of these make reference to the ninth circle in hell which is divided into four sections: Caina - Traitors to Kin, Antendora - Traitors to Homeland or Party, Ptolomea - Traitors to Guests and Judecca - Traitors to Benefactors."

2. What year was Richey born?
Richey was born in 1967, (on 22 December). Here's why I say that:

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