Deontay Wilder, who is popularly known as ‘The Bronze Bomber’, is an American professional boxer who has got a number of tattoos all over his body. Each tattoo of Wilder holds a special meaning to him. Deontay said,
Everything that I’ve got on me has meaning to it, from my neck down to my feet. I’ve easily got over a thousand hours on me. My body tells its own story with all the art on there.”
Let’s read further to know more details regarding his body tats along with their meanings.
1. ‘Psalm 27’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Psalm 27’ Tattoo on his back.
Meaning: Since Deontay is a religious person, so he got inked the ‘Bible Verse: Psalm 27’ on his back in June 2015. Psalm 27 says,
The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.”
On June 4, 2015, Deontay uploaded the picture of this tattoo on his Instagram account with the caption,
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.” Psalm 27:1-2″
Along with this tattoo, Deontay got inked the tattoo of angel wings.
2. ‘Alabama’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Alabama’ Tattoo on his back.
Meaning: Deontay Wilder started his boxing career in October 2005 after entering Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama. So, he got inked the name of the place ‘Alabama’ on his back. Along with this tattoo, he got inked the word, ‘The Beautiful’.
3. ‘The World Is Mine’ Tattoo
4. ‘Celtic Cross’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Celtic Cross’ Tattoo on the center of his chest.
Meaning: The Celtic Cross tattoos represent the person’s faith in God and Christianity. Since Deontay is a religious person, so he got the tattoo of ‘Celtic Cross’ inked on the center of his chest. Such tattoos also represent the event of the crucifixion of Jesus.
5. ‘Praying Hands with Rosary’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Praying Hands with Rosary’ Tattoo on his left shoulder.
Meaning: This was the first tattoo that Deontay got inked on his body just at the age of 20. This tattoo specifies the spiritual nature of the boxing star.
6. ‘Bow’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Bow’ Tattoo on the center of his neck.
Meaning: Bow tattoos symbolize unions, loyalty, beauty, strength, and kindness.
7. ‘Bama Boy’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Bama Boy’ Tattoo on his right shoulder.
Meaning: Deontay started his boxing career in October 2005 after entering Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama. So, popularly he is known as the ‘Bama Boy’.
8. ‘Fist’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Fist’ Tattoo on the right side of his neck.
Meaning: Deontay got the tattoo of the ‘fist’ from which the word ‘LOVE’ is emerging inked on the right side of his neck.
9. ‘Virgin Mary’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Virgin Mary’ Tattoo on his neck.
Meaning: Virgin Mary is popularly known as the mother of Jesus. The tattoo of the Virgin Mary signifies unconditional love and blessings during the difficult phases of life. Along with this, Deontay also got a tiny tattoo of Jesus inked on his neck.
10. ‘Olympic Rings’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Olympic Rings’ Tattoo on his right biceps.
Meaning: Deontay had won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympics 2008. To express a tribute towards his success, he got the tattoo of ‘Olympic Rings’ inked on his right biceps.
11. ‘Rosary’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Rosary’ Tattoo around his neck.
Meaning: Rosary tattoos are inked for the protection from Jesus and to ward off all the evil spirits and demons.
12. ‘Ava-Baby Handprints’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Ava-Baby Handprints’ Tattoo on his left biceps.
Meaning: Ava is the name of Deontay and Jessica Scales-Wilder’s (his ex-wife)baby girl. Deontay married Jessica in 2009 and later divorced. He has got the tattoo of his daughter’s name along with her handprints on his left biceps.
13. ‘Lips’ Tattoo
14. ‘Libra Zodiac Sign’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Libra Zodiac Sign’ Tattoo on his left forearm.
Meaning: Deontay’s birthdate is October 22, so he got his ‘libra zodiac sign’ symbol inked on his left forearm.
15. ‘Footprints’ Tattoo
16. ‘Chinese Letters’ Tattoo
17. ‘Pigeons’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Pigeons’ Tattoo on his trunk area.
Meaning: Pigeons tattoos are the symbol of unconditional love, care, freedom, hopes, and new beginnings. It also denotes protection against evil forces.
18. ‘Spiritual Writings’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Spiritual Writings’ Tattoo on his trunk area.
Meaning: Deontay Wilder is a religious person and to seek the blessings of God, he got inked several spiritual writings all over his body.
19. ‘Blessed’ Tattoo
20. ‘Cross’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Cross’ Tattoo on the right side of his torso.
Meaning: Cross tattoos signify a person’s faith in God. We have already mentioned that most of the tattoos on Deontay’s body are based upon his faith in God, his achievements, and his family.
21. ‘Boxing Gloves’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Boxing Gloves’ Tattoo near his right wrist.
Meaning: Generally, boxing gloves tattoos represent the wearer is a fighter. Since Deontay is a Boxing star, so to pay a tribute to his career he got inked the red-colored boxing gloves near his right wrist.
22. ‘Praying Hands’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Praying Hands’ Tattoo on his right ribcage.
Meaning: Deontay got the tattoo of ‘praying hands’ on his right ribcage. The tattoo of these hands is holding a rosary which signifies the wearer’s faith in God.
23. ‘A’ Tattoo
24. ‘Banner’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Banner’ Tattoo on his shoulders.
Meaning: Deontay got the ‘banner’ tattoo with some ‘unidentified text’ written over it on his shoulders.
25. ‘Cross’ Tattoo
26. ‘Olympic Bronze Medal’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Olympic Bronze Medal’ Tattoo on his right arm.
Meaning: Deontay won the bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympics 2008 which led to his popular name, ‘The Bronze Bomber’. To pay tribute to this huge success, Deontay got the tattoo of ‘Olympic Bronze Medal’ inked on his right arm.
27. ‘Matching’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Matching’ Tattoo on his left hand.
Meaning: Deontay along with her current girlfriend, Telli Swift, got these matching tattoos inked on their respective hands. Deontay got the letters ‘L’ and ‘V’ while Telli got ‘O’ and ‘E’ inked on their hands. The couple is blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Kaorii Wilder.
28. ‘Unidentified’ Tattoos
Tattoo: ‘Unidentifed’ Tattoos on legs.
Meaning: No clear piece of information regarding these tattoos is available.
29. ‘Rose’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Rose’ Tattoo on his right forearm.
Meaning: Rose tattoos signify hope, new beginnings, promises, and feelings. It also signifies a mature love and protection from an envious lover.
30. ‘Children’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Children’ Tattoo on his right biceps.
Meaning: This tattoo of a father holding the hand of a child has special significance for the boxing star. He got this tattoo for his daughter ‘Naieya Wilder’ who was born in 2005 with ‘Spina Bifida’. She has successfully overcome her health problem and this tattoo signifies a child holding her father’s hand moving towards a path of successful recovery. In an interview, Deontay said,
While she was going through all the different obstacles that she had to go through, I was going through the same thing with my career, trying to build this, trying to support her. The tattoo indicates me and her walking to the road to success. She was successful in overcoming spinal bifida and still being able to be a normal child and do normal things. I overcame the adversity of the things that I had to sacrifice as a young man, becoming a man and taking care of what I had to do. We both were successful.”
31. ‘Names of Children’ Tattoo
No picture is available.
Deontay Wilder got the names of his eight children inked on the various parts of his body. The exact location with the picture is not available.
32. ‘Championship Belt’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Championship Belt’ Tattoo on his right thigh.
Meaning: Deontay held the ‘WBC Heavyweight’ title from 2015 to 2020 and thus became the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years. He got this tattoo inked in 2015. In an interview, he said,
What inspired me to get that one was me accomplishing my goals and dreams. I told my daughter that I would be a world champion when she was a year old, and for me to promise that and fulfill it. Once I unify the division, I’m going to tat every belt on me, on my thighs, That’s another goal I set for myself, to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”
33. ‘Psalm 144’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Psalm 144’ Tattoo on his hands.
Meaning: Deontay has got a portion of ‘Psalm 144’ inked on his hands. It says,
Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight.”
In an interview, Deontay said,
I think I blessed my hands when I put that scripture on there. I feel like no one will be able to defeat me with the scriptures that I have on my hands. That’s one of my favorites.”