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22nd Feb '17 5:44:55 AM Kakai
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* Most witches in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' have the symbol of their particular part of witchery tattooed somewhere on their skin, as it's required by law.

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* Most witches in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' have the symbol of their particular part type of witchery tattooed somewhere on their skin, as it's required by law.
22nd Feb '17 5:44:11 AM Kakai
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* Most witches in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' have the symbol of their particular part of witchery tattooed somewhere on their skin, as it's required by law.
17th Feb '17 2:09:54 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Body art has existed in some form since the beginning of human history. Cultures change and some things fall in disfavor for new trends, just like anything else. But they are always a form of self-expression.

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Body art has existed in some form since the beginning of human history. Cultures change and some things fall in disfavor for new trends, just like anything else. But else, but they are always a form of self-expression.



* Basic Symbol: A peace sign, possibly college letters or their fraternity symbols. Generally suggests they had a bit of a wild streak, but not so much that they have major regrets

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* Basic Symbol: A peace sign, possibly college letters or their fraternity symbols. Generally suggests they had a bit of a wild streak, but not so much that they have major regretsregrets.



** The Squad also features El Diablo, a man who possesses covered in prison and gang tattoos[[note]]Actually subverted, as they signify the presence of a Mayan Fire demon[[/note]].

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** The Squad also features El Diablo, a man who possesses covered in prison and gang tattoos[[note]]Actually subverted, as they signify the presence of a Mayan Fire demon[[/note]].


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*''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Aguilar and Maria have facial tattoos, indicating their, and the Spanish Assassins', Moorish origins and how they are nomadic outsiders in Spanish society.
16th Feb '17 7:19:20 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'' Belters often have tattoos for cultural reasons, most often a neck tattoo with an off-center gap symbolizing contact burns from the faulty connection collars of early space suits, now added after a Belter's first spacewalk.
9th Feb '17 4:35:44 PM ultimomant
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* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Oliver Queen returns from his five year ordeal bearing multiple tattoos representing his trials and experience during the time. Of note is one denoting his membership in TheMafiya, and another is of a dragon on his shoulder blade [[spoiler: identical to the one worn by Shado, and inflicted on him by [[WeUsedToBeFriends Slade Wilson]] in retribution for his perceived contribution in Shado's murder]] and the asian characters on his right side given to him by [[spoiler: John Constantine]]

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* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Oliver Queen returns from his five year ordeal bearing multiple tattoos representing his trials and experience during the time. Of note is one denoting his membership in TheMafiya, and another is of a dragon on his shoulder blade [[spoiler: identical to the one worn by Shado, and inflicted on him by [[WeUsedToBeFriends Slade Wilson]] in retribution for his perceived contribution in Shado's murder]] and the asian characters on his right side given to him by [[spoiler: John Constantine]]Constantine.]]



** Sideshow Bob has several tattoos of his SitcomArchnemisis Bart. One depicting his head cut off saying "OUCH, MAN", the words "LÜV" and "HÄT", and in big red letters "DIE BART DIE" on his chest. The latter meaning [[BlatantLies The Bart, The]], according to the horse's mouth.

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** Sideshow Bob has several tattoos of his SitcomArchnemisis SitcomArchnemesis Bart. One depicting his head cut off saying "OUCH, MAN", the words "LÜV" and "HÄT", and in big red letters "DIE BART DIE" on his chest. The latter meaning [[BlatantLies The Bart, The]], according to the horse's mouth.
23rd Jan '17 1:34:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* In "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire]]", Bart gets a tattoo. It was supposed to say "Mother", but the artist only got as far as "Moth" when Marge found him - and not as happy as Bart thought she'd be about it. She wound up spending the money she had saved to buy Christmas presents getting it lasered off.

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In "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire]]", Fire", Bart gets a tattoo. It was supposed to say "Mother", but the artist only got as far as "Moth" when Marge found him - and not as happy as Bart thought she'd be about it. She wound up spending the money she had saved to buy Christmas presents getting it lasered off.
23rd Jan '17 1:34:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* The book ''Child of Fire'' has mystical tattoos that are painted on, and usually on the lower abdomen. They're protection from an EldritchAbomination. And they're indications to the Twenty Palaces Society to kill anyone on sight who has them (outside the Society themselves). The society themselves also have the magically painted-on tats; theirs are also for protection.
* The upper back tattoo can be mystical in nature as in the book ''Touch The Dark''. The main character has them as magical protection.
* The serial killer in ''Dead of Night'' by Jonathan Maberry had red mouths and black eyes tattooed on various locations on his body. To him, they were personifications of [[HearingVoices his insanity and the voices he heard]].
* Count Olaf, the villain of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has an eye tattooed on his ankle. It's indicative that he belonged to [=VFD=]
* In ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', Tsukiko the contortionist has a full-body complex tattoo that makes her already-exceptional performances even more beautiful. [[spoiler: They serve as her source for HermeticMagic, since she got tired of lugging books around.]]
* Mainyu Mazda in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series tattoos his neck with a double M for each kill he makes. Sometimes he gets the tattoo mark in advance for someone he is about to kill, as Albie unfortunately found out when he paid him a visit.
* A women in or descended from the military of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has what's called the Order of the Sword tattoo on the back of one hand. "Crib father initials" mark how many generations; the Order of the Sword maintains its own [[SexSlave crib captives]] who women can be serviced by. These are somewhere between Personal and Organizational emblems. It's mentioned that crib captives also have tattoos, and suggested that these involve their name and number in some way, but never elaborated on.
* Phedre no Delunay of the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series has a tattoo of a briar rose running the length of her back. In addition to its in-universe significance (her being a HighClassCallGirl dedicated to the d'Angeline goddess of love), it connects with her characterization as soft but strong (i.e. a rose smells nice, but be careful of the thorns).
* Blake Thorburn, the narrator of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', has tattoos of sparrows perched on branches on his arms, which serve as a KarmaMeter and a measurement of his spiritual health.
* Francis Dolarhyde in ''Literature/RedDragon'' has a tattoo of a dragon's tail starting on his lower back and wrapping around one of his legs. He is deluded into thinking that by killing people he is transforming himself into his image of masculine ideal, which to him is personified by the William Blake painting [[http://i.imgur.com/hc4fFiB.jpg "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed In Sun."]] His tattoo is a physical attempt at transformation. The 2002 adaptation changes the tattoo to be the painting covering his entire back, emphasizing that Francis ''isn't'' the Dragon but is actually the Woman in the painting, who is ensnared by the Dragon.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lizbeth Salander has all manner of markings to show her rough life before the books began, including the Dragon Tattoo from her series' first book title, a small wasp on the back of her neck (used to represent her idea of vengeance as well as where she gets her Hacker alias), thorns and a Date tattoo (from when her therapist/guardian raped her - she argued with her girlfriend about it because said girlfriend thought it was a Suicide Note).
* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', has tattoos of all the faction insignias to symbolize that he wants the traits of someone from all factions.
* Most [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' have elaborate tattoos which signify their [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]], social standing, and personal history (ritual scarring serves a similar purpose, particularly among the warrior caste and/or those who want to appear particularly devout, and scars and tattoos are typically woven together into complex designs). Another Yuuzhan Vong (or someone familiar with the culture) can quickly identify the most important details about an individual just by the particular appearance of their tattoos and scars.
* Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has a large forehead tattoo (probably forced) saying "POOR IMPULSE CONTROL". Fitting for the "baddest motherfucker in the world".
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* The book ''Child of Fire'' has mystical tattoos that are painted on, and usually on the lower abdomen. They're protection from an EldritchAbomination. And they're indications to the Twenty Palaces Society to kill anyone on sight who has them (outside the Society themselves). The society themselves also have the magically painted-on tats; theirs are also for protection.
* The upper back tattoo can be mystical in nature as in the book ''Touch The Dark''. The main character has them as magical protection.
* The serial killer in ''Dead of Night'' by Jonathan Maberry had red mouths and black eyes tattooed on various locations on his body. To him, they were personifications of [[HearingVoices his insanity and the voices he heard]].
* Count Olaf, the villain of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has an eye tattooed on his ankle. It's indicative that he belonged to [=VFD=]
* In ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', Tsukiko the contortionist has a full-body complex tattoo that makes her already-exceptional performances even more beautiful. [[spoiler: They serve as her source for HermeticMagic, since she got tired of lugging books around.]]
* Mainyu Mazda in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series tattoos his neck with a double M for each kill he makes. Sometimes he gets the tattoo mark in advance for someone he is about to kill, as Albie unfortunately found out when he paid him a visit.
* A women in or descended from the military of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has what's called the Order of the Sword tattoo on the back of one hand. "Crib father initials" mark how many generations; the Order of the Sword maintains its own [[SexSlave crib captives]] who women can be serviced by. These are somewhere between Personal and Organizational emblems. It's mentioned that crib captives also have tattoos, and suggested that these involve their name and number in some way, but never elaborated on.
* Phedre no Delunay of the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series has a tattoo of a briar rose running the length of her back. In addition to its in-universe significance (her being a HighClassCallGirl dedicated to the d'Angeline goddess of love), it connects with her characterization as soft but strong (i.e. a rose smells nice, but be careful of the thorns).
* Blake Thorburn, the narrator of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', has tattoos of sparrows perched on branches on his arms, which serve as a KarmaMeter and a measurement of his spiritual health.
* Francis Dolarhyde in ''Literature/RedDragon'' has a tattoo of a dragon's tail starting on his lower back and wrapping around one of his legs. He is deluded into thinking that by killing people he is transforming himself into his image of masculine ideal, which to him is personified by the William Blake painting [[http://i.imgur.com/hc4fFiB.jpg "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed In Sun."]] His tattoo is a physical attempt at transformation. The 2002 adaptation changes the tattoo to be the painting covering his entire back, emphasizing that Francis ''isn't'' the Dragon but is actually the Woman in the painting, who is ensnared by the Dragon.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lizbeth Salander has all manner of markings to show her rough life before the books began, including the Dragon Tattoo from her series' first book title, a small wasp on the back of her neck (used to represent her idea of vengeance as well as where she gets her Hacker alias), thorns and a Date tattoo (from when her therapist/guardian raped her - she argued with her girlfriend about it because said girlfriend thought it was a Suicide Note).
* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', has tattoos of all the faction insignias to symbolize that he wants the traits of someone from all factions.
* Most [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' have elaborate tattoos which signify their [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]], social standing, and personal history (ritual scarring serves a similar purpose, particularly among the warrior caste and/or those who want to appear particularly devout, and scars and tattoos are typically woven together into complex designs). Another Yuuzhan Vong (or someone familiar with the culture) can quickly identify the most important details about an individual just by the particular appearance of their tattoos and scars.
* Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has a large forehead tattoo (probably forced) saying "POOR IMPULSE CONTROL". Fitting for the "baddest motherfucker in the world".
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23rd Jan '17 1:33:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Lizbeth Salander]] has all manner of markings to show her rough life before the books began, including the Dragon Tattoo from her series' first book title, a small wasp on the back of her neck (used to represent her idea of vengeance as well as where she gets her Hacker alias), thorns and a Date tattoo (from when her therapist/guardian raped her - she argued with her girlfriend about it because said girlfriend thought it was a Suicide Note).

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* [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lizbeth Salander]] Salander has all manner of markings to show her rough life before the books began, including the Dragon Tattoo from her series' first book title, a small wasp on the back of her neck (used to represent her idea of vengeance as well as where she gets her Hacker alias), thorns and a Date tattoo (from when her therapist/guardian raped her - she argued with her girlfriend about it because said girlfriend thought it was a Suicide Note).



* [[Film/TheFifthElement Leeloo]] has her tattoo inside her left wrist to identify her as The Perfect Being.

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* [[Film/TheFifthElement Leeloo]] ''Film/TheFifthElement'': Leeloo has her tattoo inside her left wrist to identify her as The Perfect Being.
23rd Jan '17 1:33:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mainyu Mazda in the LeftBehind book series tattoos his neck with a double M for each kill he makes. Sometimes he gets the tattoo mark in advance for someone he is about to kill, as Albie unfortunately found out when he paid him a visit.

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* Mainyu Mazda in the LeftBehind ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series tattoos his neck with a double M for each kill he makes. Sometimes he gets the tattoo mark in advance for someone he is about to kill, as Albie unfortunately found out when he paid him a visit.



* Francis Dolarhyde in ''RedDragon'' has a tattoo of a dragon's tail starting on his lower back and wrapping around one of his legs. He is deluded into thinking that by killing people he is transforming himself into his image of masculine ideal, which to him is personified by the William Blake painting [[http://i.imgur.com/hc4fFiB.jpg "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed In Sun."]] His tattoo is a physical attempt at transformation. The 2002 adaptation changes the tattoo to be the painting covering his entire back, emphasizing that Francis ''isn't'' the Dragon but is actually the Woman in the painting, who is ensnared by the Dragon.

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* Francis Dolarhyde in ''RedDragon'' ''Literature/RedDragon'' has a tattoo of a dragon's tail starting on his lower back and wrapping around one of his legs. He is deluded into thinking that by killing people he is transforming himself into his image of masculine ideal, which to him is personified by the William Blake painting [[http://i.imgur.com/hc4fFiB.jpg "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed In Sun."]] His tattoo is a physical attempt at transformation. The 2002 adaptation changes the tattoo to be the painting covering his entire back, emphasizing that Francis ''isn't'' the Dragon but is actually the Woman in the painting, who is ensnared by the Dragon.
5th Jan '17 8:12:22 PM WhosAsking
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** Another changing tattoo/changing meaning story. Slaves of the World Nobles (the "untouchable" descendants of the founders of the World Government) had their symbol, "The Claw of the Soaring Dragon" (fitting description--a circle with a few claw-like triangles on top), etched on their backs as a SlaveBrand. When a bunch of these slaves rebelled and escaped, they added additional triangles to the circle branding, changing the look from a claw to a sunburst: thus creating the infamous Sun Pirates.
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