Update: Today, he said the mean king stabbed him in the stomach with a sword, and then threw his body in the water. This wasn't an upsetting thing for him at all. I found a Chinese culture site that had this information: "In China, many ethnic groups have the tradition of tattooing. The tattoos of different ethnic groups possess their distinctive regional characteristics and have their own folk legends. The ancient Chinese regarded dragon as the god in charge of water, so people in Wuyue area (present Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) who made a living by fishing liked to have dragon, snake or fish scale patterns tattooed on their body, so as to make them similar to the dragon, and hence get safety while fishing. In addition, tattoo has the functions of clan identification and marriage restriction. Tattoo was adored by gallant knights, who regarded it as a heroic measure." Also-- "In ancient China, a bride was supposed to wear a red veil made of a piece of exquisite red silk cloth at her wedding. The veil was meant to be removed by the bridegroom in the bridal chamber." This might have something to do with Ian connecting the color red so completely with "old" Soh-Soh, as well as his obession with getting married and his approaching wedding. Maybe.