The character Lisbeth Salander redefined the word ‘hero’ as one of the most famous women to bring tattoos into the mainstream on the silver screen as a heavily tattooed and pierced cyber punk genius. Having a reawakening with the announcement that Amazon is creating a spin off series of the incredibly popular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we are bouncing off the walls with excitement.
The new streaming series will feature the character Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium trilogy of novels created by writer Stieg Larsson. Although it will be named The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo after the first novel, it has been announced it won’t be a direct adaptation but rather the antihero will be placed in contemporary situations on new kick-ass missions.
The original series was featured in the Swedish books and films and later the American versions were played by Noomi Rapace, Rooney Mara and Claire Foy who were able to bring our love for the character and series to life. A true queen of tattoos, Salander’s iconic dragon tattoo gave rise to a whole new league of fans of the oriental tattoo art form with her dragon tattoo as featured on her back.
Why are we so excited? Needless to say, there’s a whole lot of tattoos and body piercing featured in the trilogy and we can’t wait to see what is revealed in the upcoming Amazon streamed series. Flashing back to the tattoos she sports in both the books and films, we see that they act as a reminder of things from her past. Mostly, those she wants to remember to be able to move forward! They also symbolise her strength of character with the portrayal of a nonconformist attitude displaying control over the body amongst other things.
The wasp tattoo presented in the trilogy is portrayed as a tribute to Salander’s mother. A wasp also denotes femininity and nobility. The wasp is a symbol of order and organisation. In stark contrast, the chaos that has been Lisbeth’s life is portrayed by the significant tattoos she possesses. For example, the barbed wire tattoo which she gets on her ankle is a nod to her own inability to open up but at the same time it acts as a reminder of the hardship she has withstood in her life and that nothing is insurmountable.
The phoenix tattoo reminds her and us all to live without fear of mortality. A phoenix tattoo can look amazing with its fiery colours, but it also has a significant meaning. It holds an important place in mythologies where it is known as a mystical firebird with the ability to be reborn and to rise out of its own ashes.
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Much like her phoenix tattoo, rising from the ashes, we are sure this series will forge a new hunger for more Lisbeth Salander injustices to be avenged. We’ll await this developing series at Celebrity Ink™ with keen anticipation and we look forward to our clients and tattoo artists’ interpretations of the many tattoos the show will inspire.