Dominic Purcell’s 15 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell is a well-known British-Australian actor. He is most recognized for his roles as Lincoln Burrows in Fox’s Prison Break, Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The C.W.’s The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Drake / Dracula in Blade: Trinity, etc. Many of us would know how severely he was injured in 2016 when a misplaced iron rod used in the Prison Break season 5 set piece fell on his head. It was a nightmare for all of us. However, he recovered well and came back stronger. Talking about his body, Dominic has got some interesting tattoos that feature his fit body. This article gives an insight into each piece that covers his body from top to bottom.

Dominic Purcell

1. Right Arm Writing

Dominic right arm writing

Tattoo: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” On his right forearm, there is a tattoo of this line.

This tattoo is inspired by a famous quote named “Fail Better” by the famous Irish novelist Samuel Beckett, which Dominic has tattooed on his bicep. It expresses the essential idea that we may choose our relationship with failure rather than constantly being negatively influenced by the threat of failure. It is always better to keep trying, know our capabilities, and do the best until we achieve the best.

The statement “fail better” was first published in Samuel Beckett’s short narrative work Worstward Ho!

2. ‘Life is Forever’ Tattoo

Dominic wrist tattoo

Tattoo: On his left wrist, Dominic has got a tattoo wrapped around his left hand that says, ‘Life is Forever.’

3. Quote on Arm

Dominic writing on left arm

Tattoo: On his left forearm, Dominic has got some more lines tattooed that can be read as, ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.’

The famous lines were first time used by King Henry to urge his warriors to make a quick and courageous attack on the walls of Harfleur (a group of people living together and sharing possessions in France) through the cracks.
“Once again unto the breach, my friends, once more is also part of Shakespeare’s Henry V’s second most famous speech, following Henry’s renowned Crispin’s Day address.

The lines directly mean “let us try one more time” or “try again.”

4. Anchor Tattoo-Right Arm

Dominic anchor tattoo

Tattoo: Next to the quote on his right forearm, Dominic has an anchor tattoo.

Meaning: Anchor is used to reflect multi-varied life circumstances. Many people get an anchor tattoo to remind them to be reliable, long-lasting, strong, and calm in difficult circumstances.
An anchor tattoo often represents peace, tranquility, power, determination, and desire.

6. Dragon Infinity Tattoo-Left Forearm

Dominic arm tattoo

Tattoo: On Dominic’s right forearm, towards the outer side, there is a tattoo of what is commonly known as ‘infinity dragon.’

Meaning: The infinity dragon, also known as the ouroboros, is an iconic symbol of a snake or serpent devouring its own tail, which represents eternity and the endless cycle of Life, representing birth, death, and regeneration. It may be viewed as Life engulfing itself, where the past (tail) looks to liquefy but is actually moving inwardly/outwardly to a new reality – fading from view yet still alive.

7. Bicep Writing Tattoo

Dominic bicep writing tattoo

Tattoo: On his inner right bicep, we can see a tattoo of love and dedication for someone who is no more in his life. It says, ‘Phil Myrtvedt 1944-2002’.

Meaning: This is Dominic’s expression of love for his late father.

Philip Thomas Myrtvedt (1944 – 2002)

8. Compass Tattoo on Bicep

Dominic compass tattoo

Tattoo: On his left shoulder, there is a massive compass inked with four initials in the direction of North, East, South, and West as the ones representing the initials of his four children; Joseph “08-12-99”, AUDREY “01-30-01” and Lily-Rose and Augustus, “07-07-03.”

Meaning: Compass tattoos began as a popular ink option for fishermen and sailors who regarded them as the means to bring them good luck and safety on their journey.

Even now, the idea remains the same, but more people get them inked to reflect direction, guidance, and good luck for themselves.

9. Date on the left arm

Dominic date on arm

Dominic left arm date tattoo

On his left inner forearm, another tribute tattoo reads, ‘J.C. 1950-2008.’

10. Family Tattoo

Dominic family tattoo

Tattoo: Dominic’s body has another loving family tattoo, i.e., on his right inner upper arm. It includes the names of his four children, Lily-Rose Purcell, Augustus Purcell, Audrey Purcell, and Joseph Purcell.

11. Arm Writing-‘need imagined casualty fight survive.’

Dominic left arm riting

Tattoo: There are some more parts to his earlier writing tattoo on his left forearm that says’ need imagined casualty fight survive.’

12. ‘G’ Tattoo

Dominic left arm tattoo

Tattoo: On his left forearm, a huge letter ‘G’ is tattooed with arrows pointing outwards in different directions.

13. Mermaid Tattoo

Dominic left bicep tattoo

Tattoo: On the bottom of the map tattoo, there is a water river/ocean-like structure with a tiny mermaid inked on it.

Meaning: Mermaid might represent the character, instinct, birth/rebirth, and creativeness. She may also signify threat, temptation, and sexuality because she is frequently pictured seducing sailors, as per the old beliefs. Also, sometimes tattoo lovers get it specifically to represent their fantasies.

14. Map on Bicep

Dominic map tattoo

Tattoo: There is speculation that the map on Purcell’s left bicep reflects the World Map from World War 2. The map shows the field, giving the fundamental idea of what our land would have looked like with dead bodies, skeletons, and burnt buildings, and grounds all around.

15. ‘Family is Life’ Tattoo-Left Wrist

Dominic life is family tattoo

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