Ben Barbersmith

Building a Knuckle Tattoo Generator

— Posted on Aug 22, 2011

Last winter, I saw a post by Twitter comedian and voiceover performer Scott Fletcher joking about how awesome a knuckle tattoo generator would be. You know what I mean by knuckle tattoos, right? Picture the classic love and hate tattoos, each letter on a different knuckle.

Scott’s throwaway tweet made me chuckle. Pick two random four letter word, and tattoo them onto a pair of fists. Hilarity is bound to ensue. Well, I found myself bored one evening a few weeks ago and figured I’d spent a couple of hours cooking up just such a generator. It didn’t take too long–the recipe was simple.

  1. Crack out some basic PHP, and whisk together a quick script.

  2. Add one lovingly photoshopped image.

  3. Layer the base with a suitable open source font from The League of Moveable Type.

  4. Add a dash of HTML structure and CSS positioning to hold the mixture firm.

  5. Gently fold a 2,000 word list into the mixture. Do this gradually, painstakingly refining the list as you go to ensure it contains only the funniest four letter words.

  6. Bake at 180°C for 2 hours, and allow to cool.

Voilà! You now have your very own knuckle tattoo generator. I call mine Fistbump.

If you fancy wasting a few minutes, check it out and let me know what you think. Refresh the page or click the Randomize link to get a new word combo, or use the Permalink option to save your favourite phrase.

Of course, all credit for the idea goes to @MrScottFletcher.

Aug 22, 2011 @benbarbersmith