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We can all remember the glee of every young student after
learning the sticking charms in Professor Flitwick’s class when we realized
that our favorite picture of the Weird Sisters could be stuck onto our skin.
While none of us ever dared a permanent sticking charm, the small act of
rebellion felt like an enormous victory!
Through tattoos are still mainly the domain of the young,
they have progressed far beyond the simple charms of the Tattoo Artist hut in Diagon
Alley. The former method of charming designs onto the skin retained the
immobile design of muggle tattooing, but at least without the pain inherent in
those techniques. Given the elasticity of magic and breadth of magical
knowledge at St. Mungos, even these simple tattoos remained relatively
However, a new form of magical tattooing has sprung up – and
with it ours and the rest of the wizarding world’s breath has been taken away.
This new form mirrors the muggle techniques in that it injects a colourful
potion into the skin to create the artwork onto the witch or wizard I question.
By imbuing the person with the potion, the design takes on
similar qualities to magical photographs and artworks – allowing the design to
move and take life on top of the witch of wizard wearing it. Boundaries are
charmed into the skin to keep artwork from wandering into unsavory areas at
While the draw from this astounding dermal design is taking
hold across the nation, it is in the potion that many find concern. The
colourful potion is brewed by drawing Streeler venom at each hour when the
large snail native to Africa changes colours. By using a colour pigment imbued
with magic, this allows the magical properties of the artwork to blossom on the
skin of the witch or wizard that has chosen it. However, how safe is it to
inject deadly Streeler venom into your skin?
So far, there have been 7 deaths and over 32 injuries from
incorrect brewing and use of the potion. Most of this has been from inexperienced
and backdoor tattoo parlours incorrectly brewing the potion. One of the deaths
resulted from a tattoo artist accidentally ingesting the venom directly during
the brewing process.
We have yet to see how these new tattoos hold up in the long
run, but at the moment, the results – though dangerous – are incredible. The
wizarding pop star Zavander Smith brought this new trend to the forefront of
the fashion scene in his appearance last autumn at Glasgow stage for his first
tour appearance for his new album. We have seen jaw-dropping works that ripple
like watercolours and dragons that breathe raging fire (although unfortunately,
Mr. Harry Potter’s Hungarian Horntail tattoo has yet to be confirmed).
Though tattoos saw a marked decline after the second
wizarding war as many associated them with Death Eaters, the heart of art – to
inspire love and beauty and to push the mind – has shown through with this
fantastic new developing tattoo practice. If you are interested in getting
tattoos of your own Witch Weekly encourages you to always use a licensed
artist. And please do send us pictures of your body art!