Hi Dad! And Good Luck Robert Pattinson

February 17, 2012 16:05:10 Posted at February 17, 2012 16:05:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Wenn, Sean Gallup/Pascal Le Segretain/JOHANNES EISELE/Getty

My dad reads the open of my site every day. And usually he’ll see the top few articles. What does my dad have to do with Robert Pattinson?

The red symbol on Pattinson’s jacket - in Cantonese it’s pronounced “FOK”, in Mandarin “FU”, and that’s dad’s name. Means Good Luck. That’s why you see the character so much on Chinese calendars.

I apologise in advance if I offend you if this applies to you but, um, generally...I’m not really down with people who get Chinese letter tattoos. Chinese people of my mother’s generation look down on tattoos socially as they’ve been associated so much with triads. But, you know, beyond that, think of the people you see most often with Chinese letter tattoos. RIGHT?

Not sure if Robert Pattinson is one of those. My sense is he isn’t, though I’m not sure why he’s walking around wearing a jacket with Chinese lettering and dragons that also appears to an English language ode to those who served in the Vietnam War. That’s a lot of, um, mixed messaging; that’s a very Chinese symbol. China and Vietnam aren’t exactly best friends right now. And I don’t even know what’s up with the writing.

When I die I’ll go to heaven because I’ve spent my time in hell

First time I saw this it was a Zippo lighter. It’s becoming a collector item now, the engraved Zippos soldiers used to carry with them in war (click here to see a few), artifacts of a cruel time that often represented the resentment and confusion of the era in a dozen words or less on a small piece of metal.

But I do hope he’s not the kind of person who buys sh-t he doesn’t understand just because it looks cool. I’d like to think he puts more thought into these matters than the young fools who walk around with Che Guevara on their chests because it looks good on a t-shirt.

Pattinson is at the Berlinale promoting his new film Bel Ami with Christina Ricci.

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