So Russia's tattoos in your AU are based on Russian prison tattoos, right? Are China's tattoos meaningful culturally or in some other way as well? I think I saw stars on her hips similar to the ones on Ivan's shoulders too, right? Do many of the other characters have meaningful tattoos as well? I'm sorry to bother you, I absolutely love your art and your AUs and I'm always so excited to see you've posted something new!!!
yes holy shit good eye!!! theres a lot of tattoo discourse in my au… i wrote a little bit about it on my patreon for south korea. i honestly need to do a masterpost for everyone’s scars and tattoos… ive done too much research for this…
the theme of this au is very much cronenberg’s mantra “long live the new flesh,” about breaking and remaking the body, about stitching and remaking your skin to suit yourself, about making visible all those invisible traumas… it’s russia with the line, “these stars are a fucking birthmark for me”
chinas got the vor v zakone stars on the hips, although vanz pointed out that for the narrative i really shouldve put them on the shoulderblades. the iconography of doubling as evil eyes, thats hardcore. sdfkldskf HINDSIGHT IS 20/20
finland has the stars on his knees. and america has the stars on his chest, too! theres a few other vor v zakone players that have some significant high-ranking prison tattoos but id rather not spoil those at the time because yes i actually have a dang Plot for this au
i think ive mentioned previously that china has a snake and peony, hong kong has a tiger, and like korea and japans are really complicated i need a ten page paper to break that shit down… i just use these stupid waves/stripes as shorthand for japans because i dont have the mental fortitude to draw it out every time
man, yeah, ok, my next project is Breaking Down by clique the tattoo references… a lot of them are tied to the story, which, yeah, geeze, when am i ever publicizing the Plot of this au
this ask made me very happy, thank you!
oh as a side note since this is a tattoo post, im going !!! to !!! seoul !!! to get my first tattoo next month !!! im very excited and embarrassed bc its hetalia-related, ill post about it on twitter and instagram! its technically illegal so im about to break international law for hetalia in 2018