Stranger Things: Real meaning behind Eddie Munson’s tattoos

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It might have already been over two months since our dear Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) seemingly met his demise at the end of Stranger Things season 4 volume 2… but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.

The beloved Netflix series – which also features actors including Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Sadie Sink as Max in the cast – is set to return for season 5 in the near future, which will mark the show’s final outing as the gang’s battle against Vecna ​​( Jamie Campbell Bower) comes to a head.

While some characters have been widely-loved among viewers since it first premiered in 2016, newcomer Eddie quickly rose the ranks as a firm fan-favorite when he joined in season four, thanks to his buoyant spirit, heroic actions and metal guitar-playing skills . recently had the opportunity to speak to Amy L Forsyth, the makeup department head of Stranger Things, and Devin Morales, the co-department head of makeup, who shed light on one aspect of Eddie’s character design that has sparked plenty of theories – his tattoos .

After Eddie (apparently) bled to death in the Upside Down, having been attacked by a swarm of Demobats, many fans theorized that his bat tattoo could have been hinting towards his fate all along.

Others speculated that the tattoo could tease his potential comeback in season five, as they discussed the notion of Eddie returning as Dungeons & Dragons vampire Kas, who was Vecna’s most trusted lieutenant in the game before all hell broke loose.

Fans thought the bats on Eddie’s forearm could have foreshadowed his fate (Picture: Tina Rowden/Netflix)

Amy, who has shared close-ups of all of Eddie’s tattoos on Instagram, explained that they chose to put the bat tattoo on Eddie’s arm because she knew that Joe Keery’s character Steve Harrington was going to be attacked by Demobats in the Upside Down.

However, she ‘did not know that that would be Eddie’s demise’, as she described the coincidence as ‘serendipitous’.

Another one of Eddie’s tattoos that appeared to have a deep connection to the character’s narrative was his puppet master design, considering Eddie goes on to perform an electric rendition of Metallica’s 1986 song Master of Puppets while creating a diversion in the Upside Down.

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things

The Hellfire Club leader’s puppet master tattoo could be seen on the inside of his right arm (Picture: Netflix)

Lo and behold, this tattoo was also not designed on purpose with Eddie’s tale in mind, as Amy outlined how it was actually a ‘nod to Vecna ​​and his controlling of his victims’.

‘That was another serendipitous moment,’ she revealed.

‘I had no idea that that’s the song that they were going to choose. So it’s just so heavy metal that that happened. And then you know, you go back and you look at some old heavy metal albums, and there’s an Iron Maiden album cover that has a hand and some sort of puppet and it’s just like, wait, what’s going on right now?

‘So I don’t know if subconsciously I remember these things because I did listen to heavy metal when I was younger, but it’s there. It’s definitely there. And it all works so beautifully with this character.’

It certainly does!

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Amy worked closely with tattoo artist Jeremy Sutton to create the designs, with Jeremy drawing up the ideas that Amy had envisioned and then the pair going back and forth until they landed on something they felt was right.

The makeup head added that while viewers were actually supposed to see Eddie’s tattoos – because he was typically seen wearing his jacket – because he was scripted as having tattoos, she made sure that they were designed.

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things

Eddie occasionally took off his jacket – but had it on when he was first introduced in the cafeteria (Picture: Netflix)

Amy recalled how they chose when to have Eddie reveal sneak peeks at his tattoos, saying: ‘So we decided, he’s got his guard down with Chrissy [Grace Van Dien] in the woods, and he would have his guard down at the D&D table around his people, but the intro to him in the cafeteria – he’s got to stay cool. He’s got to keep his image up at the lunch table.’

She added that despite the serendipitous designs of Eddie’s tattoos, she ‘loves what the fan theories are right now’.

‘So it’s like, “Why even go there?”‘ she said.

‘It’s just been a wild ride, seeing people get the tattoos, seeing people’s theories on the tattoos, it’s just fun.’

Stranger Things is available to watch on Netflix.

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