The Meaning Behind Olaf's Tattoo in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

The Meaning Behind Olaf's Tattoo in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

The series has come to Netflix and everyone is brimming with excitement, even tattoo lovers.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is the much-ballyhooed television series that arrived on Netflix on January 13, 2017. It follows the Baudelaire children after the passing of their parents, who are now under the guidance of the nefarious Count Olaf.

Olaf is obsessed with getting his hands on the fortune left behind by the recently deceased Baudelaire parents, so he arranges a multitude of traps, schemes, and crimes in order to steal that money.

One noticeable characteristic of Olaf is the fact that he has a tattoo on his ankle. There are many different renderings of this tattoo, but it plays a huge role in the series. It aids the children when they are trying to unmask Olaf through his many disguises. But what does it mean?


Olaf's tattoo apparently is the symbol of the V.F.D. (Volunteer Fire Department), an organization of cooky weirdos who, instead of putting fires out, actually went around starting fires and committing various crimes. It's a mysterious secret society that the children are charged with uncovering.

The secret society is key to the series and the children foiling Olaf's plans. And the tattoo is a great way for them to identify him when others cannot. It's an integral part of the show, and makes for absolutely entertaining television.

Be sure to check out Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events to uncover the mystery of it all. Have some thrills and laughs along the way!

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