August 29, 2011
Fans of “Prison Break” may often have unanswered questions, curiosity, concerns that keep them up in the night as they wonder–how did Michael Scofield receive his tattoos? Ask no more for it is time for answers. Unlike other tattoos that may adorn one small portion of the body, or even a large tattoo that stretches across someone’s arm, Michael Scofield’s tattoos are distinctive. They make viewers take notice of the designs imprinted in ink that cover his entire upper body. It is considered a map or blue print of the prison, a plan for a prison break, and pivotal to the plot of the series in the first two seasons. The tattoos incorporate 24 designs with amazing detail all involving his plans for escape from the Fox River State Penitentiary. A brilliant man, he hides reminders of his escape within the details of his tattoos. But to the bystander, it is simply an in-depth design like no other. He enlisted the help of a prison mate to place the design on his body which included a break-down of his great escape such as the allen wrench encrypted in a name, a cell phone as a way to test an fellow inmate, the phrase “cute poison” to remind him of the formula for a chemical substance that will corrode a pipe that is essential to his escape, the words “English, Fitz, or Percy” to point him to streets that will lead him away from prison, the Devil’s Face to aid in finding a spot to break through his prison wall, the phrase “playing cards” with a string of numbers that pertain to his wife’s phone number, to a coffin that has a cross on it that is a reminder to take a pill that will mimic food poisoning. Mind boggling, eh?