More flagrant disregard for how puzzles actually work. Oh sure, the birds and the tree coming out of the tattoo look really great, but what would you do if you bought a puzzle that only had one piece and the picture was coming off of it? You'd throw it in the garbage. "What a waste of money," you'd say.
Finally, a puzzle that works the way it's supposed to. Though it's probably not a puzzle you're going to do with your kids. Actually, I don't know anything about your kids. Maybe they're really macabre.
The puzzle piece is used as a symbol for autism awareness. While there is some debate on whether or not it should still be used, many people get puzzle piece tattoos to honor friends or family members with autism. Incorporating the puzzle pieces as part of a hero's cape is a great way to do that.
You can tell that this guy has tried to complete a puzzle with children before. There's the mother at the top who's like, "Ugh, not this puzzle again," and underneath her is a half-finished puzzle, and then underneath that is total chaos. On the far right image, you can even see a missing piece, which will turn up later in someone's sandwich.
When you get a matching tattoo with your BFF that's both a puzzle piece AND a lock and key, you are strongly suggesting, "We belong together."
But puzzles are also easily dismantled, so it's a flawed metaphor. Remember that when you two grow up and get pregnant at the same time and one of you wants a hospital birth and the other one wants a doula.
It's the perfect broken heart tattoo. Either you'll be broken-hearted forever, in which case it perfectly represents that, or you'll fall in love again and you can either get it filled in or have your new partner get the missing piece tattooed on themselves.
Or, you can fall in love again, and do neither of those things and keep the tattoo as a way to constantly remind your significant other of the ex he hates. Your call.
What a great use of negative space. Though with Hellboy's giant hands, he probably wouldn't have the dexterity to complete such a delicate puzzle. Big hands ”” great for fighting demons, not so great for doing things built for the tiny hands of people aged 2-13.