Claire Foy on the latest evolution of Salander’s infamous ink…
Whether she’s in a spider’s web, playing with fire or kicking a hornet’s nest, Lisbeth Salander will always be the girl with a dragon tattoo. Envisioned by Larsson as a large tattoo that ran from the top of Lisbeth’s shoulder to her lower back, each successive Salander has been given a distinct dragon design, and Foy is no different.
“i was really keen for it to not be the Chinese dragon and be a Norse dragon. And i really wanted the wing to be on my shoulder. Because i’ve been with my friend while she’s had a tattoo done, and i saw how important it is, the placing of the tattoo, and how it’s going to move with your ribs, and how it sits on your body,” says Foy, who doesn’t have a single tattoo of her own.
“i realised that people don’t just make decisions like that willy-nilly, especially if you’re going to a really good tattoo artist. it’s an absolute art form. But i loved it. i love how you just tell a story with your body, but also that you are never really naked. You’ve always got something on you, which is really interesting.” JF