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valar morghulis


valar morghulis

Jonathan Tom

I've been throwing around the idea of another tattoo for quite a while and recently the opportunity presented itself to get another one with several other friends in Barcelona.

We all got different tattoos mind you: there was none of that "hey lets get matching tattoo" bs. I had been thinking of one of three directions:

1. Something to do with the Chinese zodiac and being born in the year of the ram / sheep.

2. Something nautical given how much time I have spent at sea over the last fifteen years or so.

3. A quote that holds some meaning to me.

These are pretty sweeping categories - I had several sketches in each category. For a long while the nautical theme was winning out and, in fact, I almost went with a fouled anchor and a compass.

Traditionally the anchor represents grounding and is sometimes accompanied by text with the name of someone who grounds the sailor. The compass, as you might imagine, represents direction and steering a true course. There are a plethora of other significant nautical themes but those were the ones I was leaning towards.

Recently I had been thinking of short quotes that meant something to me from the perhaps overly popular "Not all who wander are lost" to some more obscure ones. In the end I spent quite a bit of time thinking about a quote from Game of Thrones. Valar Morghulis, translated means "all men must die", is a pretty dark meaning but I like to think of it as a reminder that we're all mortal, life is a finite thing, and to embrace the moments we have when they present themselves. Also, it's a pretty cool quote. ;)