Christopher Wilson, better known as Chippa Wilson is an Australian professional surfer. He took the surfing industry by storm by his series of surf film edits and his extreme and inspiring maneuvers. His talents were quickly discovered by Analog Clothing which then became his sponsor. He spent much time, perfecting his surfing maneuvers and released his film along with Analog Clothing under the title, NOW. He is regarded as one of the best surfers in the world. Wilson started getting tattoos right when he turned 18, against the wishes of his mother and says that every time he looks at a tattoo, it reminds him of a piece of art and he decides to get it on his body if he likes it that much. Chippa’s whole body is covered in many interesting tattoos. Let us take a look at the ones he has and the meanings behind them.
1. Dinosaur Tattoo
Tattoo: The left knee of the surfer contains a tattoo of the face of a dinosaur on it. The words, “Gone but not Forgotten” are tattooed above the face of the dinosaur. Below the dinosaur are the letters, “PUNX” tattooed.
Meaning: Chippa’s dinosaur tattoo has many meanings. He decided to get the dinosaur on his body as it looked nice. The gone but not forgotten line, above the dinosaur is a tribute to his grandfather who passed away a few years ago. PUNX refers to the plural of the word, Punk and refers to the followers of the punk rock culture, which is why Chippa got it on his body.
2. Eagle Tattoo
Tattoo: The front side of his right leg, just below his knee contains a tattoo of a large Eagle on it. If you look closely, the inner side of his right thigh contains a tattoo of a razor too.
Meaning: He really liked the Eagle which is why he decided to get it tattooed on his body. The eagle is also a symbol of strength.
3. Jesus Tattoo
Tattoo: The inner side of his right forearm contains a tattoo of the face of Jesus Christ, surrounded by leaves.
Meaning: This is the first tattoo that Chippa got on his body and it represents his religious views.
4. Angel and Rose Tattoos
Tattoo: The right shoulder of the surfer contains a large tattoo of an angel. The side of his right arm, just above his elbow contains a large tattoo of a Rose flower.
Meaning: The tattoo of the angel is the second one he got and the Rose flower, he got after that. He was really keen on getting tattoos when he was young and got as much as 4 tattoos a year. The angel is just looking after him.
5. Hands and Birds Tattoos
Tattoo: Chippa’s right bicep contains a tattoo of two hands joined in prayer with rays of light emitting from behind them. Besides the hands, there are several tattoos of birds on his right arm at different places that complete his arm tattoos.
6. Name and Necklace Tattoos
Tattoo: The outer side of his right forearm contains the name, “C WILSON” tattooed on it. There is also a large tattoo of a necklace, starting near the angel on his shoulder. There is a string of Rosemary beads, tattooed around his arm which finishes near his wrist, with a pendant of a Cross. There is also a pattern of scales tattooed on his right elbow.
Meaning: The C Wilson name refers to his own name, “Christopher Wilson aka Chippa Wilson. The rosemary bead necklace along with the cross pendant is another one of his religious tattoos. The scales represent the scales of fish which show his love for the sea and surfing.
7. Numbers and Skull Tattoo
Tattoo: The area above his right ankle contains the letters, “JESUS” tattooed around it. The same place, on his left ankle contains the tattoo of the number, “1987” tattooed around it along with a skull with crossbones on it.
Meaning: Chippa was born on 28 August 1987 and the numbers represent his date of birth. The letters on his right ankle spell out the word, Jesus and this tattoo represent his religious views.
8. Diamond Tattoo
Tattoo: Chippa’s right thumb contains a tattoo of a diamond on it.
Meaning: Chippa likes diamonds and there is a funny story behind the tattoo. Chippa got this tattoo while he was drunk with his friends and luckily, this is the only drunk tattoo that he has ever got.
9. Tree, Panther, and Shield Tattoos
Tattoo: The fingers of his right hand contain little but beautiful tattoos on them. Starting from his index finger and moving towards his ring finger of the right hand, they contain a blue and red shield, the face of a black panther, and a coconut tree.
Meaning: The red and blue shield bears the flag of the continent of Australia and pays his tribute to the land where he was born. The black panther and the coconut tree tattoos are just designs he liked and wanted to get them tattooed on his body.
10. Skeleton, Bird, and Skull Tattoos
Tattoo: The surfer’s left arm carries the theme of the dead on it. His left hand contains a tattoo of a skull grinning, wearing a hood. Just above the skull is a tattoo of a stary shape around his hand. The upper part of his left forearm contains a tattoo of a skeleton wearing a suit and a huge hat. Above the skeleton is a tattoo of a skeleton of a bird with its large wings reaching up to his elbow. The inner side of his left forearm also contains a tattoo of a barrel.
Meaning: Chipp wanted to leave his left arm bare but still kept finding tattoos that he loved and then decided to get inks on it anyway. These are the tattoo designs that he loved so much that it made him change his mind.
11. Portrait on Right Hand
Tattoo: The upper side of his right hand contains a tattoo of a portrait of the face of a little girl.
Meaning: He got the portrait tattoo done to show his love for his daughter, Ruby.
12. X, Key, and Flower Tattoos
Tattoo: The inner side of his left forearm contains many tattoos that include an X, near his wrist with the letters, “D, A, and R” tattoed in the vacant spaces of the X. There is also another letter tattooed below the vacant space of the X but its hard to make out as it is covered. Above the X, is a tattoo of a very intricate key. Above the key is a tattoo a rose flower along with the stick.
Meaning: The key tattoo is a very mysterious tattoo which is done to show a secret shared with a loved one or done with a lock as a couple tattoo to show love. The letters, D,A, and R might represent members of his family but we cannot know for sure as Chippa is very secretive about his family life and rarely shares stories about them.
13. Sun, Moon, and Angels Tattoos
Tattoo: The chest of the surfer is covered in one of the most beautiful tattoo designs. His collar bones contain tattoo of the sun and the moon, emitting rays of shine. The right pec of the surfer contains a large tattoo of a baby in such a way that the arm of the baby reaching his stomach. The left pec contains a tattoo of angels in the clouds, yielding bows and arrows. The middle part of his chest contains a tattoo of a man holding a sickle in his left hand with rays of light emitting from the back of his head. The area below his left pec contains the name, Tamarine tattooed on it. All of his chest tattoos are joined together by clouds tattooed behind them and his shoulders.
Meaning: The sun and the moon together are done as they complement each other’s energy. The baby on his chest is another tattoo of his daughter, Ruby. The man holding a sickle might be another tattoo of Jesus Christ as he is sometimes portrayed with a sickle in his hand or it might be a tattoo representing the Solar Messiah, also known as the grand man, used as a metaphor for the sun and is depicted at the center of all the signs of the Zodiac.
14. Stomach Tattoo
Tattoo: The stomach of the surfer contains a very interesting tattoo. The tattoo depicts a scene of a castle along with open grounds in front of it. There are soldiers on the right and left sides of his stomach, fighting each other. The angels on his left pec are also connected to this tattoo as they are raining down arrows and pointing towards the soldiers with their bows and arrows. The arm of the baby of his right pec is also present on his stomach.
Meaning: While talking about the tattoo, Chippa explained how the scene on his stomach represents the battle of good and bad.
15. Bow Tattoo
Tattoo: The left side of his body, on his lat muscles, contains a small tattoo of a bow.