Exclusive to this year's Game of Thrones 'Survive the Realm' experience at Comic-Con was the opportunity for fans to get tattoos. The permanent kind.
The complimentary tattoos were courtesy of the team at local shop Left Hand Black. Owner and artist Turk, who is also a fan of the show, helped devise the tattoo designs on offer as well as the sizing and placement restrictions. (Although visions of ravens and Joffrey's crown were dancing in his head, the final 15 designs were selected for practical reasons including efficiency.) Turk reported that coincidentally, he had been seeing an upswing in GOT-tattoo requests, which wasn't a surprise to him. "The imagery is so awesome," he said.
The very first fan to submit to Turk's chair was Kenny Smith in town from West Virginia. Smith who was planning to get a GOT tattoo some day, thought it was the perfect opportunity to realize that dream. Smith went for one on his ankle, a last minute decision. "I have one on the other ankle, so it balances out," he said.
Lyea Quintana of Northern California arrived at 7:30 a.m. and was third on line. She admitted she was initially skeptical she could -- and should -- get a "real, real tattoo," at Comic-Con, but decided that she loved the show that much, she needed to have one. (Total time pondering: 10-15 minutes.) Quintana's Baratheon stag tattoo would be her fifth, giving her an equal number with her fiancé, another consideration.
Uriah Pavia of Santa Cruz, California was on line with his best friend Renny Reyes, also of Santa Cruz. Pavia is to serve as Reyes' best man at his wedding Saturday and the two came prepared to get matching "Valar Dohaeris" tatts. "He's my right hand man," said Reyes, who then admitted that he had not yet apprised his fiancee of this plan. (Reyes did end up giving her a call before getting into Turk's chair.)
And for fans who think forever is too long, temporary tattoos featuring house sigils are also available.