ASAP Yams’ 14 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Jesus Steven Manuel Rodriguez Paulino, better known by his stage name, ASAP Yams, was an American rapper, associated with the ASAP Mob. The ASAP in his name stood for, “Always Strive And Prosper”. He died on 18 January 2015 at the age of 26, which was ruled as an overdose of mixed drug intoxication, but his crew members said that it was because of symptoms of Sleep Apnea. ASAP Yams had some interesting inks on his body. Let us look at the ones he had and the meaning behind them.


Face Tattoos

1. ‘Cross and Cutthroat’

ASAP Yams cross cutthroat tattoo

Tattoo: Steven’s left cheek contained a tattoo of a cross on it. His forehead, just above his left eyebrow, contained the word, “Cutthroat” tattooed on it.

Meaning: The cross on his cheek represented his religious views.

2. ‘Number and Letter’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams number letter tattoo

Tattoo: The right side of his forehead contained the number “109” tattooed on it vertically. The letter, “A” was also tattooed on the side of his right eye.

Neck Tattoos

3. ‘Skull’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams skull tattoo

Tattoo: The left side of Steven’s neck contained a large tattoo of a skull on it.

4. ‘NY’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams NY tattoo

Tattoo: The right side of the rapper’s neck contained a tattoo of the letters, “NY” on it forming the logo of New York.

Meaning: ASAP got this tattoo as a tribute to his city. Steven was born and grew up in Harlem, New York.

Chest and Stomach Tattoos

5. ‘Pyramid’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams pyramid tattoo

Tattoo: The rapper’s right pec contained a tattoo of a pyramid on it with the topmost triangular block, elevated above the rest of the pyramid. There is also an eye tattooed inside the floating triangle with rays of light emitting from it.

Meaning: The tattoo design is common in the Christian religion and is one of the tattoos that represent the same. The eye inside the triangle is known as the Eye of Providence, which is said to be the eye of God watching over humanity.

6. ‘Cartoon’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams cartoon tattoo

Tattoo: The left pec of the rapper contained a tattoo of the face of a cartoon pig along with the words, “FUCK THE POLICE” tattooed around it.

Meaning: The cartoon on his chest is Porky Pig from Looney Tunes, one of his favorites, growing up. The words represented a part of his ASAP crew and rap culture.

7. ‘Name’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams name tattoo

Tattoo: The upper part of his chest contained the name, “Marissa” tattooed across it.

8. ‘212’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams 212 tattoo

Tattoo: The number, “212” was tattooed across the rapper’s belly.

9. ‘Words’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams words tattoo

Tattoo: The area above his belly button contained the word, “LET’S” and the area below it contained the word, “FUCK” tattooed on it.

Meaning: The words together made the sentence, “Let’s Fuck”, one of his favorite tattoos.

Arm and Hand Tattoos

10. ‘Flag’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams flag tattoo

Tattoo: The lower side of his right forearm contained a tattoo of a flag on it.

Meaning: The flag contains the design of the flag of Puerto Rico but has a different color scheme, including black. This tattoo represents one of ASAP Yams’ nicknames as he was called the Puerto Rican Bobby Brown.

11. ‘Gun and Quote’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams gun quote tattoo

Tattoo: The lower side of his left forearm contained a tattoo of an assault rifle on it. The words, “Down since birth” were also tattooed on the side of his left wrist.

Meaning: The gun on his arm is an AK 47.

12. ‘Rotten Apple’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams rotten apple tattoo

Tattoo: Yams’ left upper arm and shoulder contained a tattoo of a girl on it, wearing a bikini along with the crown of the Statue of Liberty. The words, “Rotten Apple” are tattooed just below the girl.

13. ‘MOBBLIFE’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams mobb life tattoo

Tattoo: Each of Yams’ fingers contained a letter tattooed on it. Both of his hand put together formed the sentence, “MOBB LIFE” with the letters tattooed on his fingers.

Meaning: The tattoo represents the ASAP Mob and all its members.

14. ‘East Side’ Tattoo

ASAP Yams east side tattoo

Tattoo: The upper side of his right hand contains a tattoo of the word, “East” tattooed on it in front of a background of buildings from the New York skyline on it. The upper side of his left hand contains the word, “Side” tattooed on it with patterns in its background.

Meaning: The words on his hands together form the words, “EAST SIDE” which represents the part of New York where he grew up. Steven was born in Harlem, which comes in the East Side of New York City.

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