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03/14/2017 07:25 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2017

Neil Patrick Harris' First Tattoo Is Terribly Unfortunate

The actor's ink commemorates a "grim example of so-called family programming.”

Unlike the show’s narrator, Neil Patrick Harris has taken the news that Netflix picked up “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for another season quite well.

The actor, who plays the cunning antagonist Count Olaf, marked the occasion with a tattoo ― his first. 

“We got picked up for Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I got this to celebrate,” Harris wrote over Instagram, alongside a picture of his new ink by Brooklyn-based artist Anderson Luna.

The tattoo references the show, based on the popular book series by the same name, with the symbol of the Volunteer Fire Department, or VFD. That’s the mysterious society with which the Baudelaire children ― Violet, Klaus and Sunny ― become increasingly involved over the course of the series told by Lemony Snicket, the pen name of series author Daniel Handler. 

The streaming service announced Monday that its tragedy of orphans would continue. A mock reply written in the signature, foreboding style of narrator Lemony Snicket (played in the show by Patrick Warburton) was shared from “the ruins of a website destroyed by Count Olaf.”

“It has come to my attention that, despite my repeated warnings, you have viewed the Netflix adaption of my distressing work,” reads the note, signed by Lemony Snicket.

“To my horror, Netflix has been encouraged by this, and funneled their ill-gotten gains toward a second season of this unhappy and unnerving series,” the statement continues. “Even as we speak, set builders, costume designers and trauma specialists are snapping into action, the better to bring you even more upsetting episodes, all because of your reputed enthusiasm for this grim example of so-called family programming.”

“I hope you’re happy,” it concludes, “Because you won’t be, ever again.”

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