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It’s actually a pretty easy to understand tattoo if you take away the flashiest part, the lines. We’ve actually seen these lines on many occasions and they symbolize “lockdown”.
We see it for example with Ryuma and how a message was contained in lines identical to Dragon’s tattoo. In fact, 4 lines in the shape of a square are used to contain a message. We see this in other anime like the Gotei in Bleach.
This is why we can safely discard the rows and focus on what they contain, the red cubes.
The Road Poneglyphs
The angle at which the first poneglyph of was presented appears to be two-dimensional, which is similar to Dragon’s cubes, which are also two-dimensional. The least we can say is that it is a strange way of illustrating the poneglyphs and it is possible that it is an allusion to the Dragon tattoo. Is it really possible that Dragon is related to the Poneglyphs? That’s almost certain, because his goal of overthrowing the World Government is tied to Luffy’s, and as a follower of “D’s Will,” he’s already tied to them. He is also aware of the true face of the World Government and has defined the “night” mentality that the world of One Piece metaphorically suffers from.
Dragon, Robin and the Secret
Of all the characters who don’t have obvious connections to the Roger Pirates, Dragon seems to be the most woke man alive. The rebels think so and have joined him in a battle for freedom. The revolutionary army is probably the largest “private army” led by a single individual on the entire planet. No kingdom, country and even government by definition can say the same. Even Robin was drawn to this figure and wanted to meet someone with that kind of flamboyance.
Not only did Robin meet Dragon but she’s a fundamental part of the revolution or at least that’s how Dragon sees it. The Ohara incident appears to have sparked the rebellion in the first place, as Robin is referred to as the “flame of revolution”. Dragon searched for over ten years for the only person who could decipher the poneglyphs. The connections are there, but there are longer term clues that we couldn’t appreciate at the time.
Dragon ignores the question when Koala asks if Dragon knows about “iron ore”. Why is this important? Well, this material is most likely what the poneglyphs are made of. Koala says that only a small number of countries can produce weapons with this ore and Wano is known for its blacksmiths and of course for creating the Poneglyphs.
In the context of Dragon’s reaction, this becomes a big deal. If he didn’t know about the ore, he could have just said “no”, but he didn’t answer the question at all. This means that there is a deeper secret behind it all, which cannot even be spoken about, because that would reveal too much. Another clue is extremely subtle and requires follow-up questions to be correctly concluded.
Dragon and Luffy
Dragon intends to meet Luffy one day. But why ? He obviously cares about his son and pretends not to know him, even when he got a bounty of 300 million berries. So he wants to protect his son by not tarnishing his name with his own and wants to make sure that Luffy can achieve his goal, whatever it is, even if it’s a 99% suicidal scenario like the path to becoming Pirate King. Safety is not the issue for Dragon but the mission itself is what is important to him. Why wouldn’t he meet his son now if he wanted to? Luffy’s name is smudged (navy) and it costs Dragon nothing, but he believes they will meet one day, even though he doesn’t plan on meeting him himself anytime soon. Perhaps his first visit to Logue Town will give us a better insight into his mission.
Dragon was in Logue Town the day Roger died, it almost seems like a ritual that he comes there every year, showing that Roger is extremely important to him and his goals. The title of the chapter is “the legend has begun” and Dragon remembers Roger’s words in his head and responds to them by wondering if that feeling applies to Luffy. The answer is “A pirate? That’s good too…” and he smiles just before meeting his son. Dragon knows that Luffy might be on the path to fulfilling “D’s Will” and makes the connection between Luffy and Roger himself (thinking of Roger’s words and seeing how “D”‘s values fit together). apply to his son). Now we can answer the question of why Dragon knows his son will meet him one day. Because the path to finding Laugh Tale and becoming the Pirate King requires finding all the Poneglyphs in the Route.
One of them is missing, and for some reason Nekomamushi and Inuarashi don’t know where it is, even though Roger found it to find Laugh Tale.
There are two other points we wish to raise. The first is related to the Dragon tattoo and what it could symbolically mean.
As stated before, we can ignore the lines and focus on the 3 red cubes that are visible on his face. One of them might be hidden under the chin, but if we keep the mystery of the Road Poneglyphs in mind, it should look familiar. Dragon has three route monograms stamped on the outside of its body and the fourth is missing which is why it is not shown. Three of them are visible and the last one is hidden, which sounds like exactly the type of confirmation we’re looking for. The person who holds the 4th Poneglyph of the Road has the mystery stamped on them in exchange for the hidden knowledge. Or if we go less far, out of duty for the cause, Dragon has inked a visible tattoo on his face for the world to see, but only those in the know will understand its meaning. Only the one who is on his way to find all the Poneglyphs in the Route and Laugh Tale will have a reason to meet the man. Especially if you’ve already collected 3 and are looking for the 4th and see someone of Dragon caliber having 3 red cubes on their face. Let’s continue with a twist. You won’t believe what cover page was shown when the Poneglyphs of the Road were first introduced.
Do you remember a single Dragon page before this point and where he makes an appearance when the “new” Road Poneglyphs come into play? This isn’t just suspicious, it’s also a huge indicator that Dragon is related to the Poneglyphs of the Road. His tattoo symbolizes the mystery of the Road Poneglyphs and it is not outside but inside. To discover Laugh Tale, you must meet the guardian of the last poneglyph in the road, the dragon that guards it.