Borgia’d Up for my Birthday

So. Today marks the day when I turn 30 years old. I’ve been dreading it, to be perfectly honest. But that’s by the by – it’s just a number, right? It’s just two lots of 15…

Anyway, as has become somewhat of a tradition on my birthday, I’ve gone and got myself another Borgia inspired tattoo. Last year I had the Borgia coat of arms done and this year I’ve gone and had Cesare’s signature inked on my skin.



It’s positioned so it sits nicely underneath Cesare’s motto “Aut Caesar Aut Nihil”, almost looking as if he’s signed off on the quote himself. And it’s really inspired me to get cracking on my talk for September and my next book!

I must say I am absolutely in love with this latest bit of inkwork. Arran at Asgard Southampton has done an absolutely tremendous job with it and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Borgia inspired Ink

If any of you follow me on twitter I’m sure you’ve seen my tagline “Tattooed Renaissance Historian” – and that’s for good reason! I have a fair few tattoos, a couple of which are inspired by my very favourite Italian Renaissance family!

Today is my 29th birthday. I’ve been waiting for a while to get my next Borgia inspired tattoo but I though “why not get it on my birthday?” – so, I booked the appointment and off I toddled to the local tattoo artist.

And here is the final result:


Isn’t it just stunning?! As I’m sure you’re all aware I already have Cesare’s motto tattooed on my arm, but I wanted something else. And for the longest time the Borgia coat of arms has been in my head. I took the idea in to my local tattoo artist and he had a play with a few ideas until he came up with the above design. And I couldn’t be happier.

Do any of you guys have any historically inspired tattoos? Comment below or over on the facebook page!

For now, I shall be drinking red wine and eating Red Velvet Cake in celebration of being old!