Conor Mcgregor’s 8 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Conor Mcgregor has been at the top of the fighting scene for a while now. Apart from his aggressive fighting style, he is pretty famous for his tattoos. He has some impressive ink-work got done on his body. Let’s dive in to know more about the tattoos that the mixed martial artist has on his skin.conor mcgregor


1. ‘Arabic Writing’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Arabic Writing’ Tattoo on his left heel.

Meaning: The UFC Star revealed that this tattoo was his first tattoo which he had got inked, but the meaning of this tattoo is not even known to him. In an interview, he said,

This was when I was drunk. It could mean anything. Arabic writing was the thing for a while, it was the cool thing to do. I got it in Ayia Napa (Cyprus). I was young and on holiday. It cost me €20.”

2. ‘Crucifix’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Crucifix’ Tattoo on the nape of his neck.

Meaning: A ‘Crucifix’ tattoo represents the ‘event of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion’, which has great importance in Christianity. Due to this tattoo, he is perceived as Catholic by religion, to which Mcgregor disapproves saying he does not believe in any religion. On his Twitter account, he made a tweet regarding religion in 2015. He tweeted,

F**k politics and f**k religion. I just want to swing a few lefts and a few rights for a couple of hundred mill in peace.”

3. ‘Thorny Helix’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Thorny Helix’ Tattoo on his back that continues down his spine.

Meaning: Just below his crucifix tattoo, Mcgregor has a helix of thorns going towards his lower back. Thorny helix tattoos have different meanings in different religions. Generally, it represents an homage to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

4. ‘Gorilla’ Tattoo 

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Tattoo: ‘Gorilla’ Tattoo on his chest.

Meaning: Conor got the tattoo of a ‘gorilla wearing a crown and eating a heart’ inked on his chest. Gorilla is the logo of ‘Straight Blast Gym-Ireland’ where Conor used to take mixed martial arts lessons from his head coach, John Kavanagh. Straight Blast Gym-Ireland is a mixed martial arts academy in Dublin that has produced several UFC fighters and is run by John Kavanagh. The gym is the part of ‘Straight Blast Gym International.’ In an interview, Conor was asked about this tattoo, to which he replied,

My gym’s logo is a Gorilla. It’s not that particular gorilla. But it’s a gorilla. So I wanted to get something along with that line. I feel like I am the king Gorilla so I took the crown and I had him eat a heart. It felt right. I just like the way it looks.”

5. ‘Rose Bush’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Rose Bush’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Mcgregor has a rose bush along with a clock showing 3:35 pm (although the significance of which is unknown) inked on his left forearm. The tattoo also has a large dagger through a separate rose on the inside. The back of the tattoo bears a figure of a gentleman wearing a top hat. A tiny cartoon wearing boxing gloves is also inked along with the rose bush tattoo.

6. ‘Motto’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Motto’ Tattoo on his left arm.

Meaning: Conor Mcgregor has ‘SLOW IS SMOOTH, SMOOTH IS FAST’ inscribed just above his rose tattoo. The saying is a common motto of the special training units such as NAVY seals.

7. ‘Tiger’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Tiger’ Tattoo on his abdomen.

Meaning: Conor believes that the tiger is a very courageous animal. He studies the movement of animals and incorporates their styles of attacking in his training. In an interview, Conor was asked about his tiger tattoo, he replied,

The Tiger has been jumping out at me sometimes. It feels like it almost means something. I think Tiger is a courageous animal. So I like the Tiger and I decided to go and get it.”

He got this tattoo inked in April 2015.

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Conor Mcgregor’s picture after getting the ‘tiger’ tattoo inked in 2015.

In April 2015, he uploaded the picture of this tattoo on his Instagram account with the caption,

If you see the Tiger it’s too late. You’re food.”

8. ‘Name’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Name’ Tattoo on his abdomen.

Meaning: He has ‘MCGREGOR’ inked above the tiger and his nickname ‘NOTORIOUS’ inked below the tiger. Both the words are inked in stencil writing on his abdomen. In an interview, Conor was asked about his body tats, to which he replied,

You hear people say like they have a goldfish on their ass cheek and it means it’s a symbol of hope. Something like that. I just like the way it looks on my body. I don’t spend months picking it, I just see it, get it and just enjoy the experience of being inked on my body for the rest of my life. I don’t know what it is.”


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