“There’s a functional reason for the tattoo, which is covering up the bite,” referring to the wound she suffered from the infected that proved her immunity to the virus on the first game. “The idea that Joel instilled in her is the bite is dangerous. So, she starts by doing a chemical burn.”
The moth resembles a firefly, a nod to the rebel group of that name within the game. But the image is also a symbol of death and compulsion.
There’s this idea of obsession and being drawn to light and constantly pursuing this thing, “And that’s how we got the idea as well for the loading screen, which is just moths being drawn to a light, which kind of looked like the spores on the loading screen in the first game. So, it felt like a sister image.”
It represents “this relationship she has with Joel to her old life,”.
The symbol is not just on her skin, but also engraved on her guitar, a gift from Joel. The moth print on the guitar felt so significant that the team chose it as the opening and closing image of the game.