I like to think that Sherlock ‘you’re so vain’ Holmes would go into a tizzy the moment he finds a gray hair amongst his curls. He would go into a strop, researching dye options and detractors, obsessing to the point of madness.
That is, until he discovers that the gray at his temples lends him a distinguished air… one that Molly finds more than a little attractive.
Suddenly, the gray hairs don’t seem so bad and he uses this new aura to full effect. On her.
“He loves her. Of course he does, he adores her” - Steven Moffat
“Molly’s just this rock for Sherlock” - Amanda Abbington
“No no I didn’t practice it, i just fucking did it. I had loads of glass in my hair and I just go for the girl” - Benedict Cumberbatch
“You can’t have Sherlock Holmes without Molly Hooper” - Steven Moffat
“Molly started really as a one shot character, really, in
the pilot, doing that first scene just to help introduce Sherlock. And
it’s just one of those magical things because Lou Brealey was so
brilliant in the part. And it was so automatically funny to see Sherlock with her. But
she’s as a character, she’s grown the most of anyone in that series.
She’s so totally different now and continues to be that. I have to keep
reminding myself you haven’t seen the next two. So there’s a lot to come
with that. She’s the first person to make Sherlock apologize. And in
extremis, while Sherlock was faking emotion when he was talking to John
from the rooftop, just to make sure he was so totally upset he wouldn’t
notice that the man was actually alive and had a squash ball in his
armpit, when he goes to Molly, he’s being genuinely emotional. So she’s a
hugely important character and a surprise to us because we never really
intended to add any characters to the original canon. But here we have” - Steven Moffat
“Look how pretty Loo looks. She’s gorgeous” - Benedict Cumberbatch
“You didn’t have to come in, Molly” - Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia, S2.01
“You do count. You’ve always counted and I’ve always trusted you” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall S2.03
“You look well” - Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Three, S3.02
“The one person he thought didn’t matter at all to me was the one person that mattered the most” - Sherlock Holmes, The Empty Hearse, S3.01
“What do I do?” - Sherlock Holmes, His Last Vow, S3.03
“I’m sorry. Forgive me. Merry Christmas, Molly Hooper” - Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia, S2.01
“You can see me” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall, S2.03
“Would you…would you like to solve crimes?” - Sherlock Holmes, The Empty Hearse, S3.01
“For the sake of law and order, I suggest you avoid all future attempts at a relationship, Molly” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall, S2.03
“You’ve changed your hair. The style, it’s usually parted in the middle. It’s nice. suits you better this way” - Sherlock Holmes, The Blind Banker, S1.02
“You” - Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock Holmes
“I will always ship Sherlock and Molly” - The Oxford English Dictionary
“Molly is so important. So fucking important” - Steven Moffat
The eldest of the bunch. It cannot be denied he is Sherlock’s son and although he has the intelligence of a Holmes, his compassion and understanding undoubtedly makes him Molly’s. He finds love in anything space related and has a passion for piano. He is protective of his sister and his brother is his best friend. All in all he is the most likable, if not lovable, of the Holmes children.
William Victor Holmes (age 17)
The middle child of the Holmes children. His sweet and innocent face is a perfect mask for his wild and adventuress self. He loves puzzles and pranks. And like his father he also has a love for “the game”. He will do anything for his family yet he isn’t always desirable. He is in short a jokester with all the charm and wit of a Holmes man.
Elizabeth Louise Holmes (age 13)
The baby of the group. She’s sweet and loving like her mother but stubborn like her father. She knows she’s daddy’s little princess but she isn’t the typical girly girl. Though that never stops her from having her way when it comes to her father and brothers. Her goal is to become the world’s very best consulting detective.
are an art form. And to me, art is creativity. So no list will ever
be complete, until there will be someone out there working on
something new. But this (a rewriting of an old piece I wrote for ET
on tumblr) can help to know a little bit more about modern tattoo
styles. Take your time to understand the differencies, go through the names in the list, find your style. A good tattoo lasts forever, and knowledge is the roots of a good choice.
Is usually referred to American classic tattooing. Artists like Amund
from the firtst decades of 1900, are the names to start from if you
want to know its roots, Classical
subjects (anchors, ships, roses, daggers, eagles, horses etc.),
simple designs, bold lines and basic color palettes. Traditional
tattooing is definitely more than a trend, with its own philosophy
and unwritten rules.
Tony Nilsson, Cassandra Frances, Samuele Briganti, Paul
Dobleman, Paul Fulton, Florian Santus, Moira Ramone (pics: Moira Ramone, Paul Fulton, Mauro Quaresima)
is also a different kind of traditional, widly diffused, enough to be
considered a style, that people keep considering part of traditional
or neo traditional. It keeps bold lines, and part of the classic
imaginery, mixed with weird, modern, surreal, pop stuff. No limits
for color palettes, no rules. Tradition meets creativity, one of the
Carlo, Ron Wells, Luca Font, Pietro Sedda, Ray Wallace, Dane Mancini,
Laura Yahna, Ibi Rothe, Deno Jr (pics: Ray Wallace, El Carlo, Laura Yahna, Dane Mancini)
Originally called Irezumi, its roots runs deep in the history of its
country. Its meaning in Japanese culture changed through the
centuries, from tebori (tattooing by hand) to Yobori (tattooing by
machine), to became part of the classic Japanese imaginaery, as we
know it. Not every asian themed tattoo (common subjects like dragons,
yokai demons, tigers, hannya masks and so on) is japanese style.
Everything from colors to placement, to the shapes of the untattooed
areas has its rules. As any other ancient styles, of course, you can
find its modern, contaminated, version too (Gakkin or Wendy Pham’s
works are a good example).
Pino Cafaro, Caio Pinero, Bill Canales, Gotch, Rodrigo Souto, Yutaro (Bill Canales, Pino Cafaro, R. Souto, Shigenori Ywasaki)
tribal and ornamental: usually referred to a mix of geometrical
shapes, patterns, mandalas, asian motives, and Maori influences.
Guy le tatooer,
Thomas Hooper, Marco Galdo, Chaim Machlev, Little Swastika (Guy, C. Machlev, T. Hooper)
From portraits, to a custom piece, to the perfect reproduction of a
picture/painting. Realistic tattoos is one of the most spectacular
styles in tattooing. No black outline, and lifelike shades, black and
grey or colors. It easily mixes with different styles, like with
where realism is just a technical part of their own style.
Hernandez, Chris Gherman, Alex De Pase, Scrappy Uno, Sandra Daukshta,
Lippo, Sam Stokes (Lippo, A. Acosta, S. Daukshta)
A trend in the late 90’, basically made of mechanical parts that
looks like fused with the flesh. Organic and unorganic elements are
realistically drawn, to create the illusion to be carved in the
McDonald, Carson Hill, Guy Hatchinson (who creates bio organic style) (itp: Carson Hill, Don McDonald, Guy Atchinson)
Fantasy, big eyes subjects, rounded shapes, bright colors, crazy
proportions and prospectives. Another style that was more popular in
the 90’, now is often fused with different styles, specially with neo
Berinkey (she fuses new school and sketchy/illustrative styles for
her designs), Adam Hawtorne (another one with his own distintcive
illustrative style), David Tevenal, Nathan Evans (mixing neo trad e
new school) (A. Hawtorne, A. H., David Tevenal)
Illustrative like tattoos, where classical subjects like women,
crows, snakes, triangles, wolves etc. (from the classic old school
imaginery), are drawn with bright colors, and realistical shading, in
a aperfect mix between traditional and realism.
Rose, Dusty Neal, Lu’s Lips, Christophe Bonardi, Debora Cherrys,
Rodrigo Kalaka El Uf, Jack Goks Pearce. (E. R. Murray, R. Kalaka, Teresa Sharpe, Lu’s Lips)
Text tattoos are usually a bad idea, unless they are done in the
proper style, and from a specialized artist.
Will Rise, Justin Wilson, Big Meas (N. W. R., J. Wilson, Big Meas)
the word “Chicano”, referred to American citizen of Mexican
origin, ceased to be a slur in the 60’, while the style itself was
born a couple decades before. Common subjects are wemen, skulls,
roses, and religious icons, usually in black and gray.
Macko (Macko, Boog)
are the most common, radicated, worldly reconized style. But is just
a partial view of what the contemporary tattoo scene can offer. In
the last 15 years, more and more styles are born. Some of them still
don’t even have a name, some have more than one. Some of them will
became classic and some are just a trend.
fact: wikipidia’s italian “tattoo” page have “genital” listed
as one of the most common styles.
The colors are spread to simulate watercolors. Often mixed with other
styles. People keeps debating about how watercolor tattoos will age.
Only time will tell.
Amanda Wachob, Niko Inko (A. Wachob, G. Smash, Klaim)
the names probably comes from a folder where the artist Xoil (still
one of the best in this style) used to store his works’ pics.
you have ever used PS, you know what I’m talking about. PS style is
basically a collage of different images and techniques, from
watercolor to dotwork to lettering.
Niko Inko, Voller Kontrast, Little Swastika, Jef Palumbo, Arlin
ffrench (J. Palumbo, Xoil)
geometrical elements are common in modern tattoo designs, but some
artists generated a new trend, mixing illustrative elements, modern
tribal patterns, and geometrical lines.
Buchi, Daniel Meyer, Valentin Hirsch, Kamil Czapiga
(C. Machlev, D. Meyer, Maxime Buchi)
The artist draw on skin all the lines that usually are ereased in a
finished design, to create the illusion of a pencil sketch.
Nahon, Sam Rulz, Nomi Chi, Sven Groenvald (Lea Nahon, S. Groenvald, Nomi Chi)
Again, not exactly a style. The artist uses realistic shading,
shadows and prospectives to give the illusion of depth.
on a thin line between illustrative, sketchy, and traditional
tattoos, engraving uses black lines to simulate ancient wood
engraving techniques, taking inspiration from medieval like
Rulz, Maxime Buchi, Andrei Svetov (A. SV, Sam Rulz)
Next style has no name yet, and it’s slightly less diffused.. But I like it, so it’s in the list. ;) Tipical traditional pieces but coloured with flat colors, almost no shades, and twisted, experimental, original designs.
Adrian Edek, Sany Kim, Aivaras Lee, Patryk Hilton
a definition I hate, cause I’m convinced there is no room for sex
differencies in art. I’m a big bearded boy and still I would
proudly wear a Jody Dawber or Cassandra Frances’ piece. Still,
this is how people call it. Bold lines and flat shading are mixed
with bright colors like pink, yellow, light blue, that perfectly fits
the “cuteness” of the subjects, often inspired from pop culture
and cartoon characters.
Dawber (basically a traditional artist), Alex Strangler, Sasha Mezoghlian (A. Strangler, J. Dawber, S. Mezoghlian)
last style of this list have no name yet, but it’s still worth to be
considered cause of it’s diffusion and people response to it.
Basically the artists recreates a simpler, geometrical, version of
the subjects, with no black outline, and a watercolor effect.
Unisex, Marius Trubisz, Marcin Surowiec, David Cote (M. Surowiec, Sasha Unisex)
carefully bit back a sigh, leaning her cheek on her fist as she
flicked her eyes over the woman sitting across from her. What did her
brother dear see in her? It had only taken fifteen seconds to deduce
everything worth knowing about her, and she was dull, dull,
I seriously just want to take a cricket bat to their kneecaps.”
Oh! Well, this was … this was fascinating.
had been right about her. He would be sooo smug. Good thing he was
seemed to realize what she’d said and turned a bright red, stammering
an apologetic, half-hearted denial.
no, I quite agree,” Eurus said with a wave of her hand.
eyes flickered minutely as she wound back through the conversation
she had mostly tuned out. They had been talking about cats (obvious
choice, given the sheen of cat hair covering her disgusting jumper),
but Molly had somehow devolved into a delightfully vicious rant about
… vegans who tried to feed their pet carnivores a vegetarian diet.
shuffled uncertainly, twirling her coffee cup between her hands.
“Some people make eugenics look like a good idea,” she
mumbled with an uncertain smile and a little flick of her eyes in
I like you. The
thought struck Eurus like a lightening bolt, temporarily seizing up
every muscle. The next two flashed through her just as quickly, and
with no less of an impact.
wanna do things to you.
wanna do things for
Now that was interesting. Jim hadn’t warned her about that.
lovely Jim. Leaving her with all these delightful surprises. No
wonder he’d gone and offed himself.
mouth stretched into the unfamiliar shape of a genuine smile as she sipped
her coffee, half-listening while she pondered…
Sherlock:The red one. -mumbles, working on his laptop-
Sherlock:The red dress. You’re obviously talking about the dinner we have tomorrow. The red dress suits you the best.
Molly:Sherlock, that’s not what I meant. -sighs and looks down-
Sherlock: -looks to her for a second before standing up, walks towards her- Is Mike bothering you again? Do I need to talk to him? I will, you know that. I swear to god if he gave you too much work again I am going to murde-
Molly:I am pregnant. -looks into his eyes, unsure about his reaction-
Sherlock: -stares at her-
Molly:Are you breathing?! -hurries to him and shakes him slightly-
Sherlock: -plops down on his chair, shaking his head-
Molly:Sherlock, should I call John?
Sherlock: I am going to become a father…. -mumbles-
Molly: -kneels down to him and nods slightly- Yes and you will be a great father. I know that. So please don’t panic right now. We tried so many times and now I am really pregnant. We have nine months to prepare everything for the baby. We will ask John and Mary for help and read a lot of articles. There is absolutely no need to panic now, Sherlock. -mumbles and kisses his lips for a second-
Sherlock:Call John, please. –sighs loudly, leans back and tries not to start panicking-
Caring is an Advantage: How Molly Blew Sherlock's Mind
I’m sure everyone and their cousin has talked about the scene in Reichenbach where Molly compares Sherlock to her father, but I was thinking it over recently because I’ve always wondered what exactly was going on in Sherlock’s mind and why he was so struck by what she said. And I think it’s because of the fact that she deduced him. With sentiment.
MOLLY: You’re a bit like my dad. He’s dead...No, sorry. SHERLOCK: Molly, please don’t feel the need to make conversation. It’s really not your area. MOLLY: When he was dying, he was always cheerful; he was lovely. Except when he thought no one could see. I saw him once. He looked sad. SHERLOCK: Molly… MOLLY: You look sad…when you think he can’t see you.
Note that until her final line Sherlock is disinterested: in fact he’s trying to shut her down. But her final comment really gets his attention and throws him off. He immediately gives her his full attention. He fumbles over his words. He seems at a loss. And – I think most significantly – he begins to really study Molly. Before he was barely glancing at her but now he can hardly keep his eyes off her and you can just see the gears whirring behind his eyes.
So why this sudden interest? Why does Sherlock – who’s perfectly capable of multitasking – suddenly feel the need the devote his full arsenal of attention to Molly Hooper? I think it’s because her observations are eerily on the mark.
Think about how mind-blowing this must be for Sherlock. Sensitive, sentimental Molly Hooper deduced him. Not with cold, hard data and statistics, but with empathy. This is huge. All Sherlock’s life he’s been modeling himself off of Mycroft: no sentiment, no friendships, no caring. “Sentiment is a chemical defect”. “Caring is not an advantage”. Except Molly has just proven that caring is an advantage. Not only does this offer a valuable resource to Sherlock, it’s a very alluring one: because there’s a part of Sherlock that does want genuine relationships. Remember how in series 3 Sherlock suddenly seems to care about all the people in his life? (He’s even worried about Mycroft being lonely!) I think it’s because of this conversation right here. Right here Sherlock learned that caring was an advantage. Right here the Mind Palace’s King Mycroft had to start sharing his rule with Queen Molly.
- the kiss in TEH
- the “I Love You”
- the “one person that mattered the most” scene
- the coffin smashing and wail of despair
- the way she sees his emotions “you look sad when you think he can’t see you”
- her being the only one he let in on the faked death at the end of s2