Thread: cast tattoos
I actually wanted to get a tattoo of Gandalf's runic symbol in some semi-inconspicuous spot someday...either that, or a token of my eternal servitude to Viggo Mortensen-his face on my buttocks! Somehow I don't think he'd like that very much, though...God help him!
I mean you may be 17 and into death metal now, but in 10 yrs time you might regret that skull with the snake coming out the eye sockets.
I woke up one morning to find a hidious butterfly tattooed on my right leg.... I must have been really drunk when I put it there, but I'm pleased it's on my leg and not my neck. For some reason I've got about twenty home-made ones on my legs (mainly dragons, angels, skulls and swords etc) which I did myself when I was young and stupid. The reason they are on my legs, by the way, wasn't so much to keep them hidden, as it's difficult to tattoo your own shoulders etc. I keep contemplating getting some tribal symbols done professionally on my arms and back, but something keeps stopping me.
As has been mentioned above, I'd recommend anyone thinking about having one done, making sure it is somewhere they can cover it up. I know a few people who have had them on their hands and faces, and most of them really regret it later.
Only John Rhys Davies chickened out - his stunt double got the Fellowship tattoo instead.
I've seen Rhodrys tattoo. I've got pictures.
Val, the human sketch-book. You never stop to amaze me.
Viggo Mortensen-his face on my buttocks! Somehow I don't think he'd like that very much, though...God help him!
Yes, there are religious reasons not to get tattoos, or so my mother told me over and over again growing up while she pointed out the Bible verse to me. I tended to point out everything else that it said in that same chapter and asked why she allows me to braid my hair and not sacrifice animals then. But, it didn’t seem to work. Ah well.
Oh, and yes, really, really think about it...I have a friend who has a tattoo on his arm that he got when he was 16, and it says, "Born to Be Wild." Believe you, me...we can't give him enough of a hard time about it. Hahahahahahaha!
Laurel – I like the idea of Gandalf’s runic symbol. That would be nice. Viggo on the other hand…well, I guess you could say he would always be smiling...hee hee.
Any suggestion I could contemplate - serious ones please as I have had the usual suggestions skull & crossbones, anchor, cut here - - - etc...etc... I would love to have my hubby's name (David) in Elvish but don't know how where to get the spelling.
Think before you tat !!!
under that i have the ring inscription,
all together takes about 20x20cm of my back.
Next one I will do this summer across my forearm,
2 words, also Silmarillion based ;-)))
I went for a celtic Knot with roses, and I put in a place where I can cover it(Right Bi-cep)
I love your tattoo, Rho.
I'm hoping to get a tattoo in a couple of years (when I can better hide it from my parents and family... hehe). I'm not sure on a pattern; maybe an elvish symbol (which I'll be asking PTers for ideas), a dragon or the symbol for "devine female"... who knows, maybe all those things...
Make sure whatever you get is something that you'll like when you're older. The treble clef i got because I have and always will love music, and the butterfly i got because i love LOTR, and i have always been fascinated by butterflies. They are both just black outlines...and neither of them required a lot of work...or money, but they are both elegent and "classy."
Maydmarion, you could totally spell out anything you like in Tengwar and get them to tattoo it on you! I would defintely want the name of someone close to me tattooed across the back of my right shoulder in Tengwar, but for now I'll wait until someone that special really comes by.
I would defintely want the name of someone close to me tattooed across the back of my right shoulder in Tengwar, but for now I'll wait until someone that special really comes by.
Beware! For whilst love is fleeting, a tattoo is not.
I hope his name has a D in d, a trilling r, and an l in it. Those letters look especially beautiful.
Nah, I think I'm probably more like Cecily... Algie's always been more to my liking...
And Earnest is, imho, not such an expection name after all.
And Darryl! Yes! Why didn't I think of that??
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if Tolkien ever wrote a character that had tatoos? Somehow I think of Elves and Hobbits as not having such things, but I wouldn't put it past some of the Men.
I can only think of one example of bodily decoration: Thrór, at the hands of Azog.
And expanding on this, perhaps several of the Ents in the Elder Days had similar forms of bodily decoration, mostly at the hands of enamored Elven couples; trivial nonsense like "Galadriel & Celeborn Forever!!", "Die Morgoth Die!!!", so on and such like.
Did Saruman brand his Uruk-hai with the White Hand or anything?
I would be shocked if JRR ever gave any of the heroes or heroines a tatto because of his deep Catholic beliefs. There is something somewhere in the Scriptures about not putting a tatoo on yourself. Something like that. And he was very particular about things like that. In one of his letters, I think to Michael, he complained about ladies wearing trousers instead of dresses into the church.
I wonder though that he did not give the Orcs or whatnot tatoos all over the place instead of just yuckky handpainted things on h elmuts.
But, it's a choice for everyone, and I suppose that the Professor made his choice also when considering markings for his creation (if he ever did consider it ), elves lived for thousands of years and would be more of an enormous choice for them, as they would spend eternity in physical being having the same markings on themselves... Men might have considered it, as their lifespan isn't as long like today's mankind... Plus, for elves of grace and beauty, such markings might lessen the grace and purity... Hobbits on the other hand, are too busy thinking of food and smoking to even think of getting a tattoo
But still, choices are made each day by everyone, this is just another choice, and I'm glad that the Professor decided not to use permanent markings on each of his races, whether religious or not... It keeps the balance of whats beautiful in his mind and what is not... Like Elves and Yrchs
Which reminds me, a friend of mine gave me a card-printout of the Lord of the Rings On Stage promotion, I would have loved to see it in London, but as I was going to buy tickets, they ended their shows that night... Over 300 shows they put on of it... Unlucky And on this card-printout, some of the cast on it (Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli, Galadriel and Gandalf) had markings on their face and arms, like Legolas had a long line go down the one side of his face going over his eye, maybe for more theatrical purposes?...
As this thread is called 'cast tattoos', this other cast of LOTR characters could be added...