Non, je ne regrette rien
“Non, je ne regrette rien” (French pronunciation: [nɔ̃ ʒə nə ʁəɡʁɛt ʁjɛ̃], meaning “No, I do not regret anything”) is a French song composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956 and is best known through Édith Piaf‘s 1960 recording. It spent seven weeks atop the French Singles & Airplay Reviews chart.
Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.
At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) – which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria – adopted the song when their resistance was broken.
I was reminded of this when my own resistance was (nearly) broken!
I used this phrase as the inspiration for this tattoo. I’d unsuccessfully designed the original idea about 4 times! This was Adins first tattoo and he’d put a lot of thought into it. He’d got a list of which of his ideas and interests might look great as tattoos. Sadly none of them really translated into anything that either of us liked the look of. Undaunted, we returned to the drawing board for the umpteenth time at which point and partly in frustration, I said to Adin; “just let me fucking design something that looks cool!” He said “yeah” and fifteen minutes later my favourite ever chest piece was born.
Which proves that – sometimes – it’s just better not to over think stuff I guess. Anyway it all turned out great in the end and I’m really glad neither us were prepared to settle for something that was just ‘ok’.
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