Frequently asked question is what does Novas cutie mark mean and what's the back story. Well to me Nova is what some of you would call a "ponysona". She is what I would depict myself as in pony. So there isn't a lot of back story about how she got it but there is explanation as to why this one. I personally have a tattoo of an anchor on my arm and it's not that hipster refuse to sink or whatever. I have it for my family as "with times in storm on a rocky sea I will keep you stable" and when I started drawing it really helped keep my stable with my anxiety and depression. So I crossed the anchor and paintbrush because creating my art was my anchor. So there you go a little back story for you.