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Fire, Ink, and Blood: Game of Thrones Inspired Tattoos

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The final season of Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14th. The series has built an army of devoted fans and those who have shown their love for the fantasy in a multitude of ways. If you find yourself at a comic convention or even an anime convention, you are guaranteed to see attendees cosplaying as characters from the series; the beloved Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is a fan favorite and a popular choice for cosplay. Game of Thrones fandom goes beyond cosplay however. Fans have inked their dedication on their skin, and some fans have even gone as far as naming their children after characters; names like Arya have seen a major increase since the start of the series.


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Nothing screams dedicated fan in quite the same way as this hyperreal full leg sleeve depicting the Stark sisters. This tattoo shows a love for the series as a whole, but its depiction of the Stark sisters, the Stark family crest, and their beloved direwolf make it clear who this fan is rooting for to win the Iron Throne.


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In Westeros, the title of Hand of the King is both desired and feared. As the second most powerful individual in the kingdom, the Hand serves both as an advisor to the king and they have the power to act on the king’s behalf when necessary. The Hand is also an important role in the overall story of Game of Thrones. The drama truly begins to unfold in the first season when Ned Stark leaves Winterfell to serve as the Hand, and later Tyrion Lannister is named Hand for Daenerys as she sets her sights on the Iron Throne.


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In Game of Thrones, each family has a crest that captures their history and outlook. The Stark family crest depicts a direwolf, a creature that serves as a companion and a mascot for the family. Similar to Hogwarts Houses in the Harry Potter series, fans gravitate to houses that align with their values. The Stark family is incredibly tough and resourceful.


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Game of Thrones is full of dynamic and powerful characters that the fans love, but few are as intimidating and alluring as Daenerys Targaryen. As the Mother of Dragons, she commands one of the most fearful armies. This portrait depicts both her beautiful and fierce nature.


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One aspect of the series many fans love is its extensive cast, which counts many interesting female characters. Arya Stark, like Daenerys, is physically and emotionally strong. Unlike Daenerys though, she is motivated less by a desire to rule and more by her desire to avenge the family she has lost. Her sword, Needle, and the motto that motivates her journey for vengeance, Valar Morghulis, represent the youngest Stark girl in this tattoo.

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