Skyrim Fan Gets an “Arrow in the Knee” Tattoo on Leg, Paying Homage to the Iconic Meme

"I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee."

February 20, 2021

Almost everyone who plays video games has heard of the funny one-liner “arrow to the knee” which turned into a meme after it claimed popularity a week after Skyrim launched. One of the first places it was seen was on GameFAQ’s in 2011 where user Aggrobiscuit mentions the short one-line audio clip spoken by an NPC guard where he states “I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow to the knee”.

Who knows why this line took off like it did, making it one of the biggest memes of all time – next to Portal‘s “The cake is a lie”. Either way, one brave soul loved the meme so much, they thought that tattooing an arrow on their knee was the greatest homage to the line.


Reddit user asaru9 has posted a picture of the tattoo for all to see and to be honest – it looks harrowing. The arrow tattoo slices through the knucklebone of the leg to create the illusion of getting pierced by a foe like in Skyrim but how it sits would indicate that it was self-inflicted and not due to some epic adventure so, with that in mind, it kind of loses the coolness effect for me. It’s still a brilliant tattoo and a great tribute to the humorous one-liner from the random guard that we all know and love. And let’s be honest, we’ve all seen much worse.

During the inauguration this year, Bernie Sanders was almost a bigger hit than Joe Biden becoming president. Turning up in his mask, mittens and casual wear, Sanders became a hit and was even modded into Skyrim and Resident Evil 7. For those who never got the chance to play Skyrim before, the popular game came to Xbox’s Gamepass last year allowing players to experience it for free.


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