Dave Bautista’s 32 Tattoos & Their Meanings

David Michael Bautista Jr. is an American actor, retired professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder, who is mostly known by his professional wrestling ring name ‘Batista’. He is a four-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWE Champion. Apart from wrestling and acting career, Bautista has a great passion for tattoos which is quite evident from the inks on his body. Every single tattoo of Bautista is unique in its way. Let’s read further to know more details regarding his tattoos, along with their meanings.

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1. ‘iMagine’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘iMagine’ Tattoo on the right side of his torso.

Meaning: In February 2019, Bautista got the word ‘iMagine’ inked on the right side of his torso. On February 12, 2019, Bautista uploaded the picture of his tattoo on his Instagram profile with a caption,

“Imagine”

2. ‘Pet Dogs’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Pet Dogs’ Tattoo on his right thigh.

Meaning: Bautista got the tattoos of his pet dogs inked on his right thigh. This tattoo was inked in August 2018 by Trudy Lines, a very famous tattoo artist in NYC. On August 17, 2018, Bautista uploaded this picture of tattoo on his Instagram profile with a caption,

“So this is how I spent my last few days in NYC.. amazing trip where I had to honor of being tattooed by my girl @trudy_lines_tattoo.. she gave me the gift of bringing my babies with me everywhere I go. And I can’t explain how happy that makes me. She’s amazing and her work speaks for itself. Also proud to say that I caught @hamiltonmusical with my buds @sylviabrindis and her BF @maneatingrobot for the second time. I cried, even more, the second time around. This musical hits me right in the heart. I’m going to hashtag inspirational because it’s just so GD #inspirational. anyway, I really had a great few days and I wanted to share. Have to say though, I’m pretty excited to be going home to my babies and wifey @sarahjadepole.”

3. ‘Sun’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Sun’ Tattoo around his belly button.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got a small ‘sun’ tattoo that encircles his belly button. Later, Bautista modified this tattoo by adding crows with the skull and a number 202 on it.

4. ‘Filipino Flag Symbol’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Filipino Flag Symbol’ Tattoo on his left elbow.

Meaning: Bautista got the ‘Filipino Flag Symbol’ Tattoo inked on his left elbow. Bautista has Filipino roots as his paternal grandfather had served in the Filipino military. On his social media profiles, he is often seen expressing his love and respect towards his origin Filipino.

5. ‘Illuminati’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Illuminati’ Tattoo on the upper portion of his chest.

Meaning: Getting the Illuminati tattoo inked is no longer a surprise among celebrities. Bautista got ‘Illuminati’ tattoo on the upper portion of his chest. The Illuminati tattoo represents the ‘Eye’ of the God watching over humanity.

6. ‘Love is Louder’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Love is Louder’ Tattoo on the right side of his chest.

Meaning: Bautista got ‘Love is Louder’ tattoo inked on the right side of his chest. ‘Love is Louder’ is a community of people working together to create a world where we all feel connected and supported. It’s a project of social media movement of Jed Foundation which is made to support anyone who feels misunderstood, mistreated or alone. Brittany Snow is the co-creator of ‘Love is Louder’ movement. So, to show support for Brittany, Bautista got the tattoo of her foundation on his body. He uploaded a picture on his Instagram profile with a caption,

“I told my homegirl @brittanysnow I wanted to do something special for her foundation @loveislouder …so here it is. I wear it on my chest like a badge of honor. A commitment so something I believe very deeply. I’ll never be afraid to love. I’ll never be ashamed to show kindness. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I will never apologize for that. So be proud, love loud!!!! #oneworld #onerace #onelove #dreamchaser #143.”

7. ‘Stars’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Stars’ Tattoo on the left side of his torso.

Meaning: The stars are inked in between the other tattoos to give them a different decorative look. Bautista got these stars inked on the left side of his torso.

8. ‘Crows, Skull, and 202’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Crows, Skull, and 202’ Tattoo on his belly button.

Meaning: Earlier Bautista had a ‘sun’ tattoo on his belly button. Later, he modified that tattoo by adding crows, a skull, and 202 on it. Two crows are a symbol of good luck. Since Bautista is from Washington D.C., so might be this number 202 is related to his area code. But, no clear information regarding this is available. He uploaded a picture on his social media profile with a caption,

“Habby Thanksgiving!!…see what I did there?!!….ok it’s little cheesy. #gratuitousanshot #sodouchey.”

9. ‘DREAM CHASER’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘DREAM CHASER’ Tattoo on his left bicep.

Meaning: This tattoo is a self-explanatory tattoo which Bautista got inked on his left bicep. Bautista is a true dream chaser as being born and lived in poverty, he succeeded in his life through his hard work and dedication.

10. ‘American Flag’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘American Flag’ Tattoo on his shoulders.

Meaning: Bautista got the ‘American Flag’ inked on his shoulders. Since Bautista was born in Washington D.C., so to express his love and respect towards his country, he got this tattoo inked on his body.

11. ‘Philippines Flag’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Philippines Flag’ Tattoo on his left arm.

Meaning: This is not the first time when Bautista expressed his love and respect towards the Philippines. Earlier also Bautista got inked the ‘Filipino Flag Symbol’ on his left elbow. Bautista’s father was a son of a Filipino immigrant.

12. ‘Red Kanji Letters’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Red Kanji Letters’ Tattoo on the upper portion of his left arm.

Meaning: The red kanji letters which says ‘Angel’ is inked on the upper portion of his left arm. This tattoo is a tribute by him to his second wife Angie whom he married on October 13, 1998, and later divorced in 2006.

13. ‘Tribal Art’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Tribal Art’ Tattoo on both of his arms.

Meaning: Bautista got tribal art tattoos on both of his arms. Generally, such tattoos are the symbol of protection against evil and demonic powers but have different meanings in different cultures. Bautista got these tribal art tattoos inked during the initial days of his career and later modified these tattoo by adding more tattoos around them.

14. ‘Greece Flag’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Greece Flag’ Tattoo on his left arm.

Meaning: Bautista’s mother is from Greece and his father is the son of a Filipino immigrant. So, to pay a tribute to his parents’ origin, he got inked the flags of Greece and Filipino inked on his left arm.

15. ‘Triangles’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Triangles’ Tattoo on his left forearm and right elbow.

Meaning: Bautista got two triangles, one on his left forearm and another one on his right elbow. Some guessed that it might be the Illuminati tattoos while others guessed that it might be the ‘Avengers’ logo. But, no clear information regarding these tattoos is available.

16. ‘Dragon’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Dragon’ Tattoo on his back.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got a large dragon tattoo on his back. Around this dragon tattoo, several red-colored flowers are also inked. Dragons are the symbol of strength and wisdom.

17. ‘Unidentified Writing’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Unidentified Writing’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Bautista got an ‘unidentified writing’ tattoo on his left forearm. No clear information regarding this tattoo is available.

18. ‘Fire Pattern’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Fire Pattern’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: In May 2012, Bautista got this fire pattern tattoo inked on his left forearm. Later in 2016, Bautista modified this tattoo by adding the portrait of a very beautiful woman denoting his Ex-wife Sarah Jade.

19. ‘Passive By Nature Violent By Choice’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Passive By Nature Violent By Choice’ Tattoo on his both hands.

Meaning: Bautista got ‘Passive By Nature Violent By Choice’ tattoo inked on his both hands. This tattoo truly defines the nature of Dave Bautista.

20. ‘Washington D.C. is not a state, it’s a state of mind’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Washington D.C. is not a state, it’s a state of mind’ Tattoo on his right forearm.

Meaning: Being the native of Washington D.C., Dave Bautista got inked the words, ‘Washington D.C. is not a state, it’s a state of mind’ on his right forearm. This shows his love and respect for his state.

21. ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got a very beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe on his left forearm. On July 17, 2013, Bautista tweeted a very famous quote to which one of his fans retweeted saying that it’s the quote by Marilyn Monroe. Then, Bautista uploaded the picture of this tattoo with a caption,

“did you know Im a Marilyn groupie or is that a coincidence?”

22. ‘Some Unidentified Patterns’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Some Unidentified Patterns’ Tattoo on his right forearm.

Meaning: Bautista got the number of tattoos on his body. One of them is an unidentified pattern which is inked on his right forearm. A clear piece of information regarding this tattoo is not available.

23. ‘Butterfly’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Butterfly’ Tattoo on his right wrist.

Meaning: Butterfly tattoos represent a transformation period. Dave Bautista got ‘butterfly’ tattoo inked on his right wrist.

24. ‘Sarah Jade’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Sarah Jade’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Earlier, Dave Bautista had a fire pattern on his left forearm. In October 2016, modified his fire pattern tattoo and inked a portrait of Sarah Jade on his left forearm. On October 6, 2016, Sarah Jade uploaded the picture of his modified tattoo with a caption,

“Got a forearm cover-up from my boy @john02john…cover up on the right…love her! Gave her green eyes lies Mrs B @sarahjadepole.”

But, the couple got split in early 2019.

25. ‘D.C. Soldier’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘D.C. Soldier’ Tattoo on his right arm.

Meaning: Bautista got ‘D.C. Soldier’ tattoo inked on his right arm.

 26. ‘Imperial Los Angeles’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Imperial Los Angeles’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got ‘Imperial Los Angeles’ tattoo inked on his left forearm. No more information regarding this tattoo is available.

27. ‘2130’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘2130’ Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: The number ‘2130’ is inked on the left forearm of Dave Bautista. No information regarding this tattoo is available.

28. ‘Skulls’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Skulls’ Tattoo on his left wrist.

Meaning: Three mini skulls are inked on the left wrist of Dave Bautista. It represents the ability to overcome the obstacles in life.

29. ‘Spectre’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Spectre’ Tattoo on the middle finger of his right hand.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got ‘Spectre’ tattoo inked on the knuckle of the middle finger of his right hand. Spectre is the James Bond film in which Bautista was cast and this movie was released in 2015. In April 2019, Bautista uploaded the picture of his this tattoo on his Instagram account.

30. ‘Spider’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Spider’ Tattoo on the ring finger of his left hand.

Meaning: Earlier Dave Bautista had the tattoo of his Ex-wife, Sarah Jade tattoo on the ring finger of his left hand. After splitting up with her in early 2019, Bautista modified this tattoo of his wife’s name with a spider on it.

31. ‘Unidentified Floral Patterns’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Unidentified Floral Patterns’ Tattoo on his left leg.

Meaning: A form of colorful floral pattern is inked on the left leg of Dave Bautista. No information regarding this tattoo is available.

32. ‘143’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘143’ Tattoo near his right shoulder.

Meaning: Dave Bautista got the number ‘143’ inked as a nod to Misters Rogers after seeing the documentary ‘Won’t you be my neighbor’. This number is inked exactly below his ‘Love is Louder’ tattoo.

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