I may have gotten two new tattoos this past weekend. Okay, strike the “may have” part of the previous sentence and you have fact. Two simple tattoo ideas have been haunting me for the better part of a month now and, finally, I caved: I got new fandom-inspired ink. And, yes…that’s ME up there.
As it’s been mentioned, I’m a Fangirl. There are fan ”people” for many reasons, though the key one tends to be that a person comes across an idea in media form that resonates so deeply within themselves they they live it, they breathe it. That’s what I do. That’s what most of my friends do. These things, in some small way, mirror who and what we are. Or even what we aspire to be. And its the reason why, when said parlor-visit occurred, I received a chorus of “hell yeahs” from my bros. Bless ‘em.
So, what did I get?! Well. Riding my right ribs but beneath my bra line (because chafing is NOT your friend) are the words “Valar Morghulis”. Its an expression/greeting/lesson from the “A Song of Ice and Fire” world, better known as “Game of Thrones”.
The language is High Valyrian and, yes, it is made up. Rock on, Fiction! Literally translating into “All Men Must Die”, it reminds me that nothing in life is permanent. If times are currently good? Enjoy them because they’ll end. If life sucks for you right now? Find a way to power through as this will have an ending as well. Plus? Let’s be real; its a badass homage to an incredible fantasy dimension created by the masterful and sadistic George R.R. Martin! We hate him, we love him, we love to hate him.
I decided to get the phrase “this is my design” on the opposite side. Are you watching “Hannibal”? Are you a fan of any and all things related to the infamous Dr. Lecter? This one’s for y’all, then. If you’re NOT either of the above…sorry, we can’t party. No, but, seriously. Why aren’t you watching “Hannibal”? Anyhoo, I digress. I wanted to pay tribute to that ability of a person to tap into their dark side as well as toss a nod to how beautifully flawed we all are. Or, at least I am, I don’t know about you! This…is my design.
The endlessly fascinating character of Will Graham uses his POWERS OF EMPATHY (haaaaaa) to outline the motives and MO’s of your everyday serial killer next door. Its awesome! In doing so, he tends to repeat the aforementioned phrase, channeling these killers in a way that goes straight to one’s gonadal region. Awwwww, yeeeeeeah. Let’s all marinate in that for a bit.
Have you recently indulged in anything particularly “fannish” and geeky? Let me know!