’s fan fiction, “Awful Edges
” for the webcomic, Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name
, by Tessa Stone.
Tessa described the design as “a solid black tattoo of a raptor skeleton” that is “not anatomically correct”, and has said that Conrad’s decision to get this tattoo was spontaneous. The “Awful Edges” fan fic attributed the idea’s origin to an advertisement flag that Conrad saw as a child, and then likely reproduced from memory, (being a professional graphic designer) many years later. I loved this idea, and the writing for Conrad's narrative in this fic.
I actually put a lot more research into making this plausible than I probably should have, because I like that Tessa references real world sources in her story, (musicians, authors, folklore, etc.) and wanted to minimize my ignorance as much as possible. The most likely reference I found for Tessa’s(/Conrad’s) sketch is the juvenile albertosaur fossil
of the Royal Tyrrell Museum
in Alberta, Canada. With the addition of sickle-shaped toe claws, the sketch looks similar to a deinonychus or utahraptor, which were also native to North America during the Cretaceous period. However, Conrad would have been in England as a child, according to HiNaBN cannon. So I narrowed my search to museums in England that are located within the vicinity of a “Main Street”, and feature natural history exhibits, but do not generally specialize in dinosaurs, (making a dinosaur exhibit unique enough to advertise). The Newark Museum was my ultimate choice. However, (not to be confused with the Newark Museum of NJ, USA) the Newark Museum in the UK appears to have closed in recent years, so I was unable to find more specific information about it. The date I chose came from a memorable dinosaur exhibit that I went to as a child at the Minnesota Zoo. Conrad would have been 8 years old then. I chose to make the flag red because it’s Conrad’s favorite color. The actual planned size of the flag is 23.5” by 43.5”.
The Conrad character and dinosaur design both belong to
. My heartfelt thanks to her for sharing her imagination.