|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||Tattoo, Inking, Body Piercing, Nipple Ring, Navel Ring|
|Related:||Kink, Blair's Hair|
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Body modification in fanworks...
Some Brief Canon Examples
These canon tattoos are often incorporated into fanworks:
- Angel's tattoo on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Ray Kowalski's tattoo in Due South
- Gabrielle's magical dragon tattoo in the series finale of Xena
- The Death Eaters' tattoos in Harry Potter
- Derek Hale's triskelion tattoo in Teen Wolf
- The ANBU tattoos in Naruto
- The protective tattoos on Sam and Dean Winchester in Supernatural. Also, the hand-print mark left on Dean by Castiel, which may count as decorative scarification.
- Dwalin's tattoos in the Peter Jackson film of The Hobbit
- Crowley’s tattoo of a snake, beside his right ear, from Good Omens
- Teen Wolf: Romantic interests of Derek Hale often get a triskelion tattoo to match the one of Derek's back.
- The Sentinel: Blair Sandburg has a nipple ring in a lot of fanfic, based on a brief reference in the first season episode "Cypher." Blair talks about getting something tattooed. Jim says, "Above the nipple ring?" and Blair says, "How did you know about that?"
- Welcome to Night Vale: Despite being a spoken-word-based fandom, depictions of Cecil are often easily identifiable partially due to the character's tattoos. Oddly enough, the show itself never mentions him having tattoos.
- The Hobbit Jackson films: the dwarves are often depicted as having tattoos and body piercings, which are not a feature of hobbit culture.
As a Symbol of Transformation
Done Without Consent
- as humiliation
Examples in Fanfiction
- The Flower Shop and Tattoo Parlor AU is a trope across many fandoms.
- Bound to the Law series by Dawnwind, there is modification in this (BDSM) Starsky and Hutch story (2003?)
- Inmates by Cynatnite, Hutch gets a tattoo in prison, something that turns Starsky on
- The Teeth of the Hydra by Resonant, a Due South slash story that includes a non-consensual tattooing crime spree and a backstory for Ray Kowalski's canonical tattoo. In the sequel, Fraser gets a tattoo. (2002)
- Percy Weasley and the Gay Vampire Cult of Oliver Wood by December's Falling. Percy Weasley has a mental breakdown and tries to become a rebel by, among other things, acquiring multiple piercings. "But LOOK, I am clearly anti-Establishment," Percy said, his new mesh shirt pulled halfway up his chest to show a pretty silver ring in his navel. "The Man hates piercings, I read about this in a magazine." (2003)
- An Exercise in 'Worthless' by beastofthesky, a Supernatural AU where Dean is a tattoo artist, and has several tattoos and piercings. See extended author's notes for sketches of the tattoos and jewelry.
- A Halo On Your Body by freakylemurcat. The Hobbit Jackson films one shot in which Bilbo observes dwarven body piercings while the company is bathing; typical of many similar stories. (2013)
Examples in Fanart
Punk!Direction meme example: A One Direction bandmember's head photoshopped onto the body of a tattooed t-shirt model
Tattoo Series #6 - Tonks by Odella, and part of the artist's Tattoo Series