I already know the answer is no, Adam Lambert fans do not at all care whether Adam Lambert’s new tattoo is a misquote, because once he has said/written/sung any words, they are his and therefore completely right. And we actually rather like his “Musica delenit bestiam feram” tat, as celebrity ink goes. But just as a public service, in case you were about to run to your local parlor to copy it, we wanted to mention one tiny little detail. The words, translated to “Music soothes the savage beast,” are a common alteration to the original quote, from English poet William Congreve‘s 1697 play The Mourning Bride, which actually says, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” Then again, modern-day people would feel pretty weird about inking themselves with anything about soothing breasts, even if you know no one means it that way. This is just like how Judas Priest turned the phrase “You’ve got another think coming,” into their signature song “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.” “Thing” and “beast” make much more sense to me, too.
Just for fun, here are some pics of Lambert’s other tattoos, about which my inner English major can’t find anything to nitpick:
And this one, which is apparently an inside joke between Adam and boyfriend Sauli Koskinen: