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just-french-me-up  asked:

I want to know the meaning of every tattoo you draw les Amis and co with ❤

omg!!! Okay hold on thight because this’ gon’ be a loong post:

at the moment les amis who don’t have tattoos are: Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Joly, Marius and probably Cosette. I’m also sure that Eponine has tattoos but I’ve never drawn them because I can’t decide

Grantaire 
left arm:
- 3 roses (meaning: unknown)
- black band: it’s a personal reminder of his depression, it works as both a statement for himself, meaning that he doesn’t want to go back into that darkness, and as a general symbol, a black bad/stripe usually means mourn and he feels like he’s lost years/experiences/his smile for a long time, so he’s technically mourning
- “farouche” in cursive: a lot of people call him that, especially Enjolras, so he decided that was his favourite adjective ever
right arm:
- “art.”: a personal reminder that his goal is to make art from life, the full stop means that it’s a statement and that art’s the only thing needed to survive
- black band: it’s a personal reminder like the other one, this time it’s a memo to stay sober

Combeferre
left arm:
- The Solar System: both because of his love for science and astronomy and because “we are so little in the universe”.
- a moth: his favourite animal, not because it’s pretty/ugly, but because it’s naturally drawn to light even thought it’s a nocturnal animal and even thought it could kill it.
- the chemical formula of love: because he firmly believes that anything can be explained through science and yet some things still are a mystery
left side of torso:
- “etre libre” (written in Victor Hugo’s calligraphy): “the greatest thing of all”
- an Acathus (drawn in a classic style): this flower’s meaning are art (but it’s not the case) and friendship, and I went for the second one his friends’ being the best thing in his life.

Bahorel
left shoulder:
- hawaiian tattoo: his origins

Feuilly
I never drew him without a long sleeved shirt, but he has both upper arms tattoed
left upper arm:
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geometric flowers: mostly because aesthetic, but the flowers are lilies that represent purity so it’s also an aro/ace statement*)
right upper arm:
-constellations (minimal: dots and lines): in these there’s Little Dipper with the Big Dipper, the Eagle and the Sagittarius. the first because it’s the contellation that holds the Polaris and because they are “twins” constellations, the second one because he lovees the eagle as an animal but would have never gotten it as a tattoo for the political implications, the third one because his “went into foster care-birthday” was the day the zodiac changed to Sagittarius (he doesn’t believe in Zodiac and Astrology tho)

Jehan
right upper arm:
- a minimal crown (couple tattoo)
under his left shoulder
- a minimal lavander: it means “serenity” and stands both for his calm paced poetry and motto
on his left upper tight:
-geometric poppies composition

Bossuet
on his right hip:
- “what doesn’t break you makes you stronger”: covers a scar, his first car accident, it’s a reminder that he may fail hard in life but he will always come up stronger.
left and right wrists:
- dandelions: it’s his favourite flower

Musichetta
left under arm:
- roses: her favourite flower and a statement of love and passion

Montparnasse
- roses everywhere (right collarbone/lower neck area, upper arms/elbows, right hand) : it’s an aesthetic statement and he loves roses though he’ll never admit it
left arm:
- minimal crown (couple tattoo, it’s the arm they hold hands with usually)
- the dark mark of the Death Eaters only that on the skull’s forehead there’s a cross: he comes from a very catholic family and he didn’t agree with that sin-morality, hence the skull with the cross on its forehead and a snake around (also he’s a nerd)
right arm:
- swallows: pirates were the heroes of his childhood and he just wanted to feel like one
- “elegance” in cursive: a motto he lives by
- a barber wire: it’s both because #aesthetic and to remember that he lived through hell (was it a war? A bad past? Depression??? only Jehan knows)
- black band: a symbol of mourning to remember a young crew/gang member that had passed away too soon
- geometric minimal diamond: a memory from his past as a criminal, it’s all smudged because it was his first tattoo ever and he’s still very attached to it, back in the day it was very fashionable and the Patron Minette’s members all did it as a group symbol
- rose and knife crossed inside a circle (minimal): again for aesthetic purposes and because he loved how that juxtaposition represented him
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this is all I have for you, it came out so long so thank you to anyone who reads through all of this
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*I in no way mean that aro/ace people are “purer”, I just feel like lilies could easily became aro/ace symbolic flowers

fo4 companions as aesthetics
  • Cait: broken toothed smiles, shattered vintage liquor bottles, torn lace and bite marks, winter mornings at cold harbors, old tattoos with new ink crossing over and through.
  • Codsworth: freshly mowed grass, beds with mounds of fluffed pillows, apple pies cooling on windowsills, songbirds perched on telephone wires, photo albums added to since childhood.
  • Curie: fresh bouquets in glass vases, bay windows with sea views, fine china filled with herbal tea, old bicycles with wicker baskets, barefoot walks down rainy streets.
  • Danse: swords cast into mountaintops, metal bunkers hidden in dark woods, waves washing over jagged rocks, freshly fallen snow at daybreak, dark clouds with silver linings.
  • Deacon: out of context stills from 90s cartoons, roadside diners lost in the desert, second hand tie-dye shirts, endless horizons with wild skies, empty amusement parks at dusk.
  • Dogmeat: warm slippers, homemade cookies fresh from the oven, burning log fires, legs and paws tangled in fleece blankets, light spilling through drawn curtains.
  • Hancock: torn paintings and broken statues, anarchistic graffiti on monuments, ornate knives and quills, after-parties in palaces, handwritten letters with fingerprint marks.
  • MacCready: comic panels on cork boards, blurry photos of sappy drunks, dollar bills with false promises written on, walking highways at midnight, crumpled pictures of ex-lovers.
  • Nick: neon signs reflected in puddles on city streets, title cards from old movies, stars above skylines, smokey jazz bars with dimmed lights, partners rushing into an embrace.
  • Piper: old books and rumpled sheets, polaroids tinted with age, black coffee spilled onto hastily scribbled words, lipstick stains on cigarettes, clothes abandoned at the door.
  • Preston: patchwork sewn coats and quilts, campfires fading on forest floors, overgrown treehouses, flying burned and torn flags, wooden swords and old toys hidden beneath beds.
  • Strong: broken chain links, abandoned buildings with rusted walls, bandages pulled taut against skin, thorns and vines wrapped around wire fences, vandalized warning signs.
  • X6-88: leather cloaks and silk scarves, towers with mirrored windows, clean cut diamonds, geometric statues in stark colors and fine lines, skyline pools reflecting full moons.