What Does the Tattoo Mean In Nobody (2021)?

Ilya Naishullar’s Nobody is a 2021 American action thriller revolving around Hutch Mansell. Played by Bob Odenkirk, Hutch is an assassin who is bored with his life and is looking for an excuse to get back into his previous life. One of the most intriguing parts of the movie was Hutch Mansell’s wrist tattoo. So if you are looking for answers on the same, this is the article for you.

What Does the 7-2 Tattoo Mean in Nobody?

In the movie, Nobody, Hutch is about to get into a fight in a tattoo shop after inquiring about two home-invaders who allegedly stole his daughter’s bracelet. As the fight is about to break out, an old man sees this tattoo from Hutch’s wrist, gets afraid, and runs off. Hutch Mansell has the Seven of Spades and the Two of Diamonds tattooed on his wrist.

What is the meaning of the tattoo? Why does the man get scared? Does the tattoo have any real-life references?

Significance of the Tattoo on Hutch’s Wrist

The tattoo on Hutch’s wrist was some form of a Military ID, perhaps from some feared elite unit. The man in the shop who notices it immediately says, “thank you for your service” and then gets away quickly from the room even though there were four burly people with weapons versus the comparatively smaller and scrawny Hutch Mansell. The scene implies that the tattoo identified Mansell as an ex-military person, perhaps a member of a unit with a fearsome reputation (like Britain’s SAS or the US Navy Seals).

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Moreover, 7-2 unsuited is the worst hand (Bad Hand) you can be dealt in a game of poker, just like Mansell was the worst thing that could happen to anybody he was assigned to deal with. 

The Real-Life Reference to the Tattoo In Nobody

The ‘Bad Hand’ reference has popped up in a few places over the years as a very dangerous and secretive organization that you simply do not mess with. Sometimes as an assassin society, or in this case a military or government unit. The most likely real-world inspiration for this is the Yakuza. The name Yakuza translates roughly to 8-9-3, one of the worst hands you can get in Japanese Blackjack. They took the name because they were the undesirables, the ‘nobodies’ of society.

This interpretation is not vague but very precise, supported by another thing Hutch said in the movie:

“[…] I was the last person people would want to see in front of their door.”

It is clear that the cards are facing away from the character in the tattoo (as in, how one would hold their cards in their hand). It is not the wearer who is holding the cards. Instead, the wearer is showing the opposite of their cards. It means that if you see this 7-2 tattoo on someone’s hands, it means that by meeting this person, you would be dealt the worst possible hand by them. You are best off never meeting them.

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