The much anticipated sequel to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus was finally released, and it did not disappoint. Designer and creator Fumito Ueda and Team Ico presented a magical tale between the wild creature Trico and the unnamed boy that tames it, crawling through dungeons and solving puzzles together. The Last Guardian lives up to the expectations, but the narrative is ambigeous. I propose a close-reading of the game through its main themes – spiritual tattoos and shamanism. This is a story of blood and ink, as much as it is of pixels.