TV Show Tattoos

Sophie Turner


Actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, has a tattoo on the back of her left arm featuring the House Stark’s direwolf emblem and the phrase “the pack survives.”

When she got the tattoo in June 2018 many fans assumed that it was a spoiler for the show’s upcoming final season, implying that the House Stark would be victorious.  However Sophie insists that’s not the case, telling James Corden:

Actually while I was getting it done people advised me not to because it looked like I was giving everything away. But I wasn’t, it’s just a quote from last season. But everyone figures that the pack really does survive.  It’s just a moral that I like to live by.

The quote “the pack survives” implies that there is strength in unity.  It was first said by Sansa’s father Ned Stark, but is repeated by Sophie’s character in Season 7 Episode 7 The Dragon and The Wolf, where she tells sister Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams):

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.

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Selena Gomez


Selena Gomez and the cast of 13 Reasons Why got matching semicolon ( ; ) tattoos in April 2017. She served as one of the executive producers for the Netflix television show, based on the book by Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It tells the fictional story of a high school student named Hannah Baker who sadly dies by suicide and leaves behind a series of tapes addressed to the people who hurt her explaining where her life went wrong.

The semicolon has become a symbol of suicide prevention through the work of the non-profit organization Project Semicolon. They chose the symbol because it represents a place where a sentence could have stopped but didn’t, making it a fitting metaphor for someone’s life which could have ended in suicide but doesn’t have to. The organization describes itself as a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury.” They remind people that things can get better with their slogan “your story is not over.”

Selena’s tattoo is a show of support, letting those who are struggling know that things don’t have to end on a low note. She herself has struggled with anxiety and depression and knows firsthand that things can get better. She is a advocate of therapy, particularly Dialectical Behavior Therapy. “DBT has completely changed my life,” she told Vogue. “I wish more people would talk about therapy.”

In a special Beyond The Reasons episode that plays after the final episode of the show, Selena addresses viewers and encourages them to seek help for their troubles rather than resorting to suicide:

Suicide should never, ever be an option…It’s absolutely treatable. Anxiety is. Depression is. Talk therapy, treatment centers, there’s a million ways that you can find help…There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying that you need help. And if you need help at all you can go to 13reasonswhy.info to find an organization in your area.

The show 13 Reasons Why has come under fire from some critics who allege that it glorifies suicide. The character Hannah Baker could have opened up about her traumas and betrayals and sought counseling instead of taking her own life. However Selena has defended the series for being real and honest about the issues that teenagers today are forced to confront. She fell instantly in love with the “tragically beautiful” story after reading the book and hopes that the show will help people to get the help that they need.

Selena got her tattoo alongside Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, and Tommy Dorfman, who plays Ryan. They were already planning to get the tattoos on their own, but when Selena heard about their plans she asked to join. Two of the other executive producers, Joy Gorman Wettels and Kristel Laiblin, had gotten semicolon tattoos a week before.
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Ruby Rose


Ruby Rose paid tribute to the FX animated comedy television series Archer with this tattoo on the right side of her stomach.  On November 18, 2013 she tweeted about her plans for the tattoo, writing “I love Lorde and Sterling Archer. Forever and ever. Need to get an Archer tattoo, weird If I got a 16 year old lorde tattoo tho.#boundaries” One day later she took the plunge and visited the famous Los Angeles tattoo parlor Shamrock Social Club where artist Louie Perez put her idea into ink.  The tattoo depicts the show’s title character Sterling Archer with his arm outstretched holding a gun.

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Sophie Turner


Sophie Turner got matching “07.08.09” tattoos with her on-screen sister and off-screen best friend Maisie Williams, representing the date that they found out they had been cast on Game of Thrones. Maisie’s is in red ink on her left arm, while Sophie’s is on her right arm in a flesh-colored ink which makes it extremely subtle. “I got it in peach because my mom was like ‘make sure it doesn’t show up.’ But now I’m showing the world,” she told E! Live from the Red Carpet at the 2016 Emmy Awards, where she first revealed the tattoo.  The tattoo was only a few days old at the time so it will become even less noticeable as it ages.

They got their tattoos from artist Kat Paine at Belfast City Skinworks in September 2016. Game of Thrones had already announced that it would be ending after the eighth season airs in 2018. The tattoo is somewhat of a celebration of making it to the end of the show, though it may be premature as Sophie joked that she still doesn’t know whether her character Sansa Stark will actually survive. She’s seen the scripts for season 7 but season 8 hasn’t been written yet. Sophie and Maisie both have major roles in the show, but Game of Thrones has a reputation for killing beloved characters.

We were always planning from season 1, if we make it all the way through, hopefully we could all get a matching wolf or something. But we don’t know if we’re gonna make it, so Maisie and I were like “ok let’s get these ones before anyone kills us.”  Which is so possible!

Finding out on August 7, 2009 that they had landed such a major role was hugely significant for Sophie and Maisie, who had both never acted on screen before, even though they hadn’t met each other yet at the time. (more…)

Maisie Williams


Maisie Williams and her Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner got matching tattoos from artist Kat Paine at Belfast City Skinworks in September 2016. It says “07.08.09” for August 7, 2009 — the date that she found out she was cast in Game of Thrones which was her first ever professional acting job.  Maisie plays Arya Stark and Sophie plays her on-screen sister Sansa Stark. Both girls got the same tattoo just below their elbow, but Maisie’s is on her left arm while Sophie’s is on her right.

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Lucy Hale


Lucy Hale and her five fellow “liars” on the TV show Pretty Little Liars all got matching tattoos after they finished filing the final episode on October 28th 2016. Each girl got the first initial of the character placed on their index finger because of the shush in the opening credits, which was done exclusively by Lucy until the final season, where all of the girls took turns. Lucy’s tattoo is an “a.” for Aria Montgomery.

On her instagram she wrote “This happened. Thank you @shamrocksocialclub for taking care of us. We couldn’t not get tattoos to commemorate the show! And obviously on our “shh” finger 😏” (more…)

Shay Mitchell


The six leading cast members from the TV show Pretty Little Liars celebrated their final day of filming on October 28th 2016 by getting matching tattoos of their characters’ initials. They chose their index fingers for the matching ink because of the shhhh that they all make in PLL’s opening credits to show that they are hiding secrets. Shay Mitchell got a lowercase “e.” for her character’s name Emily Fields.

In a snapchat video, Ashley Benson asks if she’s scared to get the tattoo, to which she responded “Yeah I am.  It’s exposed.  I have one [tattoo] and it’s white.” Shay’s white ink infinity wrist tattoo is barely noticeable, making this her first “real” tattoo.  Ashley on the other hand has lots of tiny tattoos.

In fact Shay was so scared of the pain that she didn’t even want the tattoo at first, and had to be convinced by the other girls. She told Refinery 29:

“I didn’t want to be a part of this at all! I don’t understand what’s wrong with Henna, why can’t we get something like that? Not because of the permanent factor, but because of it’s painful. And on your finger, it’s even more painful! So, I mean, I ended up doing it, I just held onto everybody’s hands and was sweating profusely. But, I made it.”

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