This is the meaning of Trafalgar Law’s tattoos in One Piece

The story with Donquixote Rosinante has been so significant that Trafalgar Law decided to get a tattoo in his honor.

Trafalgar Law has some pretty peculiar tattoos. What will be the meaning of each of them?

Trafalgar Law is one of the members of the Worst Generation introduced during the Sabaody Archipelago arc of One Piece.. Hardly anyone imagined that Law could become so important in the future, but as the years have passed, his importance to history only increases. Originally from the North Blue, Trafalgar Law is the captain of the Heart Pirates and before the timeskip in One Piece, he had managed to get a bounty of 200 million, which is impressive.

Law was known under the nickname “The Surgeon of Death”, due to his dexterity and his ability with the Devil Fruit.. At the same time, he has also gained a reputation for being considerably cruel, although this might be exaggerated. Aside from all the popularity he has gained over the years, one of the most striking aspects of Trafalgar Law’s appearance is the numerous tattoos on him. Although we got to see them early on during the Sabaody Archipelago arc, Law’s tattoos were further explored after some time, and we discovered that each of them has its own meaning.

The main tattoos of Trafalgar Law

The most striking tattoo Trafalgar Law has is the one on his fingers. By bringing each of the letters together on its respective finger, the word “DEATH” can be spelled out. On his right hand, the tattoo starts at the thumb and ends at the little finger; on the left, it starts at the little finger and ends at the thumb. Although this tattoo can be a bit confusing, it is clearly a reference to the epithet by which he was once known. As we have previously mentioned, Law has been known as the “Surgeon of Death” and this has earned him the fear of those around him. So, at some point, he may have decided to get that tattooed on the fingers of both hands.

Trafalgar Law’s second most significant tattoo is one that the fan community got to see during the Dressrosa arc. Same in which much of his past was finally revealed. In the classic creative style of Eiichiro Oda, almost all of his new tattoos are related to his past, starting with the one on his chest. Law sports a heart-shaped tattoo on his chest with a smiley face in the center, an almost exact replica of the one he wears on his Jolly Roger. This heart has a great meaning in the life of Trafalgar Law and is directly related to his protégé, Donquixote Rosinante..


When Law managed to escape from Flevance with the Amber Lead disease, he witnessed a massacre and wanted to burn the entire world in revenge. By this time, Law was already quite nihilistic and wanted to destroy everything in his path, despite being only 10 years old. It was then that Corazon, Doflamingo’s brother, took it upon himself to prevent Law from turning into a monster. and he helped him because he realized that Law needed him.

Risking his own loyalty to the Navy while at the same time arousing his brother’s suspicions, Corazon betrayed both of them solely for the sake of Trafalgar Law. Ultimately, he saved her life by giving her the Ope Ope no Mi, a heart-shaped Devil Fruit, and ensured that she escaped Doflamingo’s clutches. That day, on the Island of Swallows, Corazón died smiling and this became a significant event for Law. Hence, the tattoo that Law has on his chest is a heart, since it refers to Heart, and the sacrifice he made for him. The smiling face in the center is a clear reference to the smile that Corazon had moments before he died while he was trying to save Trafalgar.


Donquixote Rosinante’s smile

What’s more, On his shoulders, Law has two heart-shaped tattoos and, as we have seen before, they both refer to Corazon, his protector.. On his back, Law carries his Jolly Roger, which is not surprising. Portgas D. Ace carried Whitebeard’s Jolly Roger on his back and Whitebeard himself did the same. In this way, Law wears the Jolly Roger of the Corazon Pirates on his back with a smiley face in honor of Corazon, who wanted Law to always remember him smiling.. At the same time, the tattoo also pokes fun at Doflamingo, who has a very similar Jolly Roger, only with the smile crossed out. Doflamingo also saved Heart’s seat for Law in his crew and Law continues to claim the Heart for himself, making a very direct taunt.


Unexplained Trafalgar Law Tattoos

Apart from what we have previously explained, Law has a few more tattoos whose meaning we still don’t know. On the top of his hands, Law has a tattoo resembling a black cross. This could simply mean that he is a pirate, or it could be something deeper that One Piece hasn’t revealed to us so far. Also, on his forearms, Law also sports another tattoo that bears some resemblance to his Jolly Roger, but without the smiley face encased in what could be a gear.. This is probably a reference to Punk Hazard’s iconic ending line in which he declares that he has broken the gears and there is no going back. It could even be something much deeper than that.

Unfortunately, we still do not know the meaning of these tattoos. Hopefully soon Eiichiro Oda answers the constant questions from the fandom about the rest of the tattoos that Trafalgar Law has.

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