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- Ami James works on the first tattoo of the morning.
- Wooster Street Social Club promised tattoos to the first 50 people, but it looked like over 50 were waiting for the doors to open at noon.
- The guy in the center told us he was getting the Greyjoy kraken because he's a water sign, among other reasons. He hasn't yet finished Book Five.
- Here's the Stark direwolf, with the house mottos below
- The Baratheon stag
- The Lannister lion. One woman told us she was getting this because she loves fan favorite Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage on the show)
- The Greyjoy kraken. James says this one is his favorite, aesthetically speaking.
- The Targaryan three-headed dragon
- James prepares for his first tattoo of the day.
- Another member of the 2am crowd gets prepped.
- The Wooster Street Social Club was also hanging out temporary tattoos.
- The first guy in line shows off his stag.
- Here's a close-up.
The first three people waiting in line for free Game of Thrones tattoos at the Wooster Street Social Club this morning had all arrived at 2am, and they all wanted the Baratheon stag. Which is an interesting move, since the Baratheons aren't necessarily the books' most obvious heroes.
In general, the fifty-odd fans lined up on Wooster had a wide range of reasons for which of the five tattoos—representing the show's five main households—they wanted to get. Favorite characters, house history; one woman said she hated dragon-keeping teen queen Daenerys but was getting a dragon tattoo because she liked Daenerys's feuding, incestuous relatives. Another said she'd been watching the show for exactly two days but liked Ned Stark enough that she'd decided to get the Stark family wolf as her first tattoo.
The five designs were all created by Wooster Street's Ami James, star of the TLC reality show NY Ink. He worked up stylized versions of the house crests designed by HBO for the show, which means that yes, in a way, all the superfans were there to get an HBO tattoo. But the series pretty obviously meant more to most of them than just TV entertainment. Some had decided to get a Game of Thrones tattoo long ago and were just taking advantage of the opportunity to get one for free. And majority of line-waiters told us they'd loved the books for years—even the ones who'd only decided yesterday to get a sigil permanently etched on their arms.
· Get a Free Game of Thrones Tattoo Tomorrow in Soho [Racked NY]
· Game of Thrones 3/30 TATTOO EVENT [Facebook]
· Wooster Street Social Club [Official Site]