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Naley Frifa was a multi-talented outlaw tech and tattoo artist who was a patron of the Lodge on the planet Vandor in 10 BBY. While there, she watched sabacc being played in one of the back rooms, witnessing the gambler Han Solo arrive and then eventually be bested by his opponent Lando Calrissian.

Biography[]

The human Naley Frifa worked as an outlaw tech and a tattoo artist during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Rarely out-of-work, she made illegal modifications and repairs to starships or equipment and inked both gang symbols and electro-tattoos capable of carrying data.[1] In 10 BBY,[2] Frifa was a patron of the Lodge, a saloon in Fort Ypso on the icey planet Vandor.[1]

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Naley Frifa (right) watched Han Solo (center) play sabacc at the Lodge.

While at the Lodge, Frifa was part of a crowd that watched a game[3] of Corellian Spike[1] sabacc being played on a table in one of the venue's backrooms. She was stood with drink in hand besides another human and a pillar when Han Solo, a new addition to the game, first took his seat directly in front of her. The tattoo artist then continued drinking and chatting with other patrons by the pillar as Solo played a number of rounds, eventually betting his starship against that of his opponent Lando Calrissian.[3] Frifa leaned on the pillar as she and the rest of the crowd watched the table intently, cheering[4] when Solo revealed straight staves, before Calrissian revealed a Full Sabacc and won the round.[3]

Personality and traits[]

Naley Frifa had black hair, brown eyes, and tan skin. She had a stylised depiction of a hyperspace simu-tunnel tattooed in black across her torso, with other black tattoos on her arms including the word "Hiro" in High Galactic on her left forearm.[1]

Skills and abilities[]

Frifa was multi-talented and was skilled at tattoo artistry, adept in both gang symbols and electro-tattoos.[1]

Equipment[]

While at the Lodge, Frifa wore a dark blue jumpsuit with light brown ribbing around the waste and sleeves, with a brown belt, and black boots.[4] On her right arm she wore a golden bangle and on her right she wore a white and brown bracelet, with a black fingerless glove on her left hand. She also had her lips colored black and black eye-shadow on while at the venue.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"Lain Freefall- Naley Frifa. Close enough 😁 it's official and to my knowledge the first tattooist in Star Wars. Thank you universe. I'm actually still in shock."
―L'ain Freefall[5]

Naley Frifa was portrayed by British-Chinese actress and tattoo artist L'ain Freefall[6] in the Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story,[1] which was released on the May 25, 2018. The character was revealed prior to the release of the film in "Solo: A Star Wars Story 360," a promotional video posted by the official Star Wars YouTube account on May 4, 2018.[4] She was first identified in the reference book Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide, which was written by Pablo Hidalgo and released alongside the film.[1] Frifa's name is a partial anagram of Freefall's, and the actress was pleased with the role[5] and proud of taking part in something as big as Star Wars as a woman of color.[6]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  2. Star Wars: Timelines dates the portion of Solo: A Star Wars Story set on Vandor to 10 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SWYTlogo Solo: A Star Wars Story 360 on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Instagram-Logo L'ain Freefall (@lainfreefall) on Instagram: L'ain Freeefall Instagram post: "Lain Freefall- Naley Frifa. Close enough 😁 it's official and to my knowledge the first tattooist in Star Wars. Thank you universe. I'm actually still in shock." (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Instagram-Logo L'ain Freefall (@lainfreefall) on Instagram: L'ain Freefall about bullying (June 18, 2018): "I've always been very proud of being (British)Chinese. It's natural in our culture to remain stoic, not show too much emotion that may cause a negative reaction. When we are hurt or angry, we are raised to let our work do the talking. This is why I'm so happy to be part of something so big. I am different, in most cases, I would be shunned even in my own culture for looking the way I do and choosing my line of work as a tattooer. I am a woman, a person of colour and a creative. #communicatingthroughanxiety #starwarstattooartist #geometrictattoo #femaletattooartist #yourbearingshapesyourfate #womenempowerment #womenofcolor #unite #pride #solo #starwars" (backup link)
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