Stan's tattoo is something that has shown to be something important in multiple instances, such as within a code and one of the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained shorts being centered around the topic.
While there is no single theory about Stan's tattoo that really stands out, here are a few of my favorites.
"I want to know stans tatoo thery" -commented by Wendy
Regarding the following theory, I like this one because of the research behind the meanings of the symbols within the tattoo. While I'm skeptical about the part that talks about Carla's possible involvement, I do think there is a meaning behind what makes up the tattoo.
"Right so, after a whole lot of research (and writing this post THREE times due to the fact Google Drive is being stupid and crashed twice on me), I’ve finally got the meaning of most of the symbols.
This was actually super hard to find, however its clear here that the bottom symbol means to “warn off evil spirits” which makes sense, and I also read somewhere that the “medicine man’s eye” could represent Bill due to his lack of a second eye, therefore put together its a sign warding off Bill.
Then theres that symbol near the upper circle that most likely represents altocumulus, which is a type of cloud.
I knew Venus was the Roman name for one of the Greek gods, and I was hoping it would be like a god of strength or war.
For those of you who don’t know, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, feminism, and basically everything Stan is not. I tried to find some alternatives to this, however I could not find anything that was remotely similar to the picture at the very top. So I figured maybe the symbol represents someone Stan loved at one point, which brings me to the Carla Gleeful theory.
So in case your confuzzled, Carla was once Stan’s girlfriend before she dumped him for a hippie. After that Stan says his memory gets “hallucinationy”. Then in “The Hand That Rocks The Mabel”, we see this:
This was seen in Gideon’s commercial for his tent of telepathy, a commercial that was narrated by Bud Gleeful. But wait, Bud already has a wife right?
This poor woman?
The most disappoint thing to me being the difference in jawline. However in “Blendin’s Game” we also see this:
(Also going to point out, Pacifica’s memories are there too).
A happy rounded jawed Mrs. Gleeful.
This theory is more about Bill and alchemy:
"Throws more theories at you
And for this final theory, this one may be my favorite!:
"COMPARE THE PICTURES. LOOK AT WHERE HE IS STANDING. RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE SYMBOL. What if the Stans were fighting over the journal, and Stanley manages to get the journal away, but he stumbles back, AND CRASHES RIGHT INTO THE SYMBOL. There was a video I think it was a Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel (apologies I don’t really remember) that suggested that Stan’s tattoo ISN’T A TATTOO AT ALL. IT’S SEARED INTO HIM. IT’S A BURN MARK." -posted by http://pinesinthewoods.tumblr.com
The designs are similar, but different enough to disprove this. (I actually used part of your image)
"W" shaped in the "Stan's tattoo" short and
“W” shaped in the most recent relevant episode of NWHS. We can only see part of it in that episode, but there is enough there to know it is similar. In short, they are not different symbols. The screenshot I used from Scaryoke must have been an inconsistency on the part of the artists. Still the same.
-in response to fluidity189, posted by http://pinesinthewoods.tumblr.com
And to add on to that theory, tumblr user journal-three pointed out something from the Bill AMA:
"STAN'S TATTOO MEANS WATCH YOUR STEP!"
I hope this helps! I personally can't wait until the show touches more on the subject of his tattoo. It has to have some kind of importance, right? // kimiko hope
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