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Miffa, the inveterate gambler and Eight Ball lover.

Miffa Cahn partying -mature audience

if you were born in the centre of Hong Kong, an area that combines the tallest and most modern skyscrapers in the world, full of employees of corporations that move much of Southeast Asia’s money, with dark alleyways that are dark until the night comes and are filled with other types of fauna, no doubt your genes bring you closer to the vice of the night.

And our lovely bunny is an inveterate gambler who despises casinos because what she likes are the improvised street games in restaurants, in the alley or even in parks, where you play Mahjong, dice, cards or whatever…

Ever since she saw a room full of workers in a hotel in the mountains who had finished their day huddled around a cardboard table, smoking in their T-shirts while playing cards, gambling has been her passion.

8 ball tattoo meaning gambling
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Now, the Black Eight Ball and its allure

The black eight ball holds significant symbolism in popular culture, particularly in the context of the game of pool, also known as billiards.

The black eight ball is the final ball to be pocketed in the game, and its presence carries various meanings and associations. Here are some interpretations of the black eight ball in popular culture:

8 ball, completion and Victory

In the game , pocketing the black eight ball successfully marks the completion of the game and signifies victory. As such, the black eight ball is often associated with achievement, success, and the attainment of a goal. It represents the culmination of efforts and the satisfaction of emerging as the winner.

May be good for a cheap self-help book but not a significance we are happy with .

Decision-Making and Uncertainty, when you phuck*d it up

The black eight ball is sometimes used as a metaphor for decision-making and the uncertainties of life. Just as players carefully strategize and plan their shots to pocket the black eight ball, individuals face choices and challenges that require careful consideration and assessment of potential outcomes.

The black eight ball can represent the moment of decision, highlighting the importance of making wise choices in navigating life’s uncertainties.

Clearly that’s is what happens to us everytime we play billiards, and the significance who is associated with Chance and gamble

As the last ball to be sunk in the game of pool, it can represent both success and failure. If you are looking for an image or symbol to represent your love of gambling or your hope for good luck, then this is perfect for you.

Mystique and Symbolism of the Eight Ball

The black eight ball holds a sense of mystique and symbolism, often depicted as a mysterious object. Its dark color and distinctive design make it visually striking, leading to its portrayal in various artistic forms. It can represent enigma, intrigue, and the allure of the unknown.

The last is more gambling, actually the fine frontier between win and loss.

Rebellion and Counterculture, pool halls and lazy bastards.

In some subcultures or artistic expressions, the black eight ball is associated with rebellion and counterculture. It can symbolize a rejection of mainstream norms and an embrace of alternative perspectives. This association with rebellion may stem from its connection to the game of pool, which has often been associated with underground or anti-establishment movements.

Cinema has often portrayed billiards and pool with people inside dark spaces with no windows, spotlight on tables that illuminate only the balls inside a cloud of smoke coming from cigarettes, low budget clothed “femme fatale” and bad guys prone to solve differences with their fist or knives.

From a more elaborated posh narrative those establishments have fostered a sense of camaraderie among players, creating a subculture that may challenge mainstream norms and values. The black eight ball, as the pivotal object in the game played in these pool halls, symbolizes the rebellion against conventional pastimes and recreational activities.

Well, probably everything except smoke (in the past) and lazy guys / girls who were suppose to be working or at school is true but still not very useful if you are no inside the jail and want to leave a message to others about you pool and knife fighting skills.

What is used to be, playing billiards
Hells Angels, 1965: Early Photos of American Rebels by Bill Ray | Time

Luck and Chance, win and loss, life and death.

As we have noted earlier, the black eight ball is associated with luck and chance, pocketing the black eight ball before all others balls leads to an automatic loss.

This aspect of the game creates an element of unpredictability and reliance on luck. As a result, the black eight ball can represent the notion of taking risks, embracing opportunities, and acknowledging the role that chance plays in life.

Mostly like throwing a coin or the verge of the knife, there’s no gray, either you win or loss, survive or die.

The number eight, a lucky number

The number eight is considered to be a lucky number in many cultures around the world. It’s the Luckiest Number in China because ‘8’ is associated with wealth. ‘Eight’ (八) in Chinese is pronounced ba and sounds similar to fa (发, traditional character: 發) as in facai (发财), meaning ‘well-off’ or ‘becoming rich in a short time’.

Now, ask why Miffa is so obsessed with the Eight Balls and wants to tattoo one ball surrounded by flames…

Those flames represent the passion and excitement that comes with taking risks and pursuing your dreams. My tattoo of a flaming eight ball will show that I am someone who isn’t afraid to break the rules and forge my own path in life.

Miffa Chan after losing some $ on the street
Looking for 8 Ball flaming Tattoos ideas

Well, I agree about breaking the rules and really eager to evidence myself the moment you forfe your own path, dear.

But I must admit that a flaming eight ball tattoo it looks cool. And it’s hard to disagree with that!

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