Getting a tattoo is a rebellious form of self-expression that lets everyone know you’re cool and edgy. But sometimes you think a tatoo is super hardcore until you realize it’s actually a reference to Harry Potter. Wow, those dorks almost had us fooled! Here are four sort of edgy tattoos until you look a little closer and see that it’s just an artful representation of Dumbledore.
‘I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good’ Tattoo
Next time you spot a tat on a burly dude that says, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” don’t immediately assume it’s a Ramones lyric and this guy is about to kiss you hard then whisk you away on his motorcycle. In reality, he spent his childhood reading the Harry Potter series in which a magical map can only be opened if you say these words out loud while tapping your wand delicately on the parchment.
The Deathly Hallows Tattoo
When that intimidating barista with the cat-eye glasses rolls up her sleeves to make your latte and you spot a badass geometric shape inked into her forearm, you may think wow, she’s so fucking cool! Is she in a secret cult or something?! NO! The silhouette of a circle, triangle and line ACTUALLY represents the three objects one needs to be a master of death in J.K. Rowling’s fictional world in which there’s a character named Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank! Duh!!
9 ¾ Tattoo
You may have spotted some cool chicks with a 9 ¾ tattoo and thought, huh, what an interesting and random tat. That must have some rad meaning, you assumed, like maybe she thinks she’s lived 9 and ¾ lives like a cat or maybe she’s nearing a decade of sobriety after hitting rock bottom. But the sad truth is, this tattoo is a nod to the secret train platform only accessible to nervous young wizards by running through a brick wall. They do this so they can catch an express train to magic school! Wow, this bitch is a nerd!
Dobby’s Face Tattoo
Next time you see an intricate tattoo of a freaky creature with a long nose and sad eyes, don’t assume the owner of this tat teamed up with a local artist to create a dystopian masterpiece. This person has actually decided that they want a huge drawing of Harry Potter’s house elf on their chest for the rest of their life. Wow, they don’t give any fucks! Maybe they are badass? Oh wait, no.
These four tattoos will seem edgy upon first glance, but soon you’ll realize they’re actually all Harry Potter references. And if you have a Harry Potter tattoo, face the truth: You’re a fucking dork! You aren’t fooling us, nerd!