Dustin Poirier is an American professional mixed martial artist, who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and competes in the Lightweight division. He has been trained at Gladiators Academy under retired MMA fighter Tim Credeur. Besides his outstanding victories and amazing performance, Poirier has got multiple inks on his body. He is known to have received his first tattoo at the mere age of 14 years. Let us explore his body inks and their meanings.got his first tattoo at the age of 14 years.
“I never planned any of these, like it was always just in the moment like i wanted to get another tattoo and i just did it.”
When asked about the inspiration of having these many inks he said,
“In Louisiana lot of guys had tattoos before they were 14 and they were covered with the whole of them, they were made at house and were done by tattoo guns. I started getting too until my mother told me to stop and make it official if I want to get tattoos by getting it done from some tattoo parlour and avoid getting some skin disease.”
“When I used to look at my grandfather, he was in the navy, he was a gentleman and his chest his legs were covered in tattoos, there were tattoos all over his chest.”
1. ‘Daughter’s Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Right over the top of his right pec, Dustin has got the name of his first child i.e his daughter’s name inked, which can be read as Parker Noelle Poirier who was born on August 20, 2016.
“I have got four women’s names inked on my body because I have been brought up by women and I think they are powerful.”
2. ‘Tiger Stripes’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The complete skin of his left pec is inked with tiger stripes followed by three Japanese characters inside them.
Meaning: The tiger stripes represent that he is a fighter and a warrior and always wishes to win in his fights. The three Japanese characters on his chest say bushidō (武士道, “the way of warriors”).
“I wanted something in the middle so i got bushido i.e the code for warrior, I think i have always been a fighter and a warrior. I did not choose this it kind of just happened, and I love this life.”
RIGHT ARM TATTOOS
3. ‘Rose and Falling Petals’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Right on the shoulder of his right arm, Dustin has got the tattoo of a huge red rose followed by the colored rose petals falling from it inked right below the rose.
4. ‘Black Bands’ on Right Upper Arm
Tattoo: There exist dark black bands wrapped up around Dustin’s right bicep. He got this a cover-up to his previous ink which contained his area code, 337 tattooed.
“It is a Cover-up to my previous quote of 337. It was my area code and I thought it was done very bad.”
5. ‘Stars and Fire’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Covering the major portion of his right arm there are multiple stars inked all over followed by fire inked in an orange-red color.
Meaning: Stars represent the divine relationship with God.
6. ‘Phoenix’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has a beautiful tattoo representing a phoenix rising from the flames inked on the inner side of his right bicep.
Meaning: Dustin claims that as Pheonix represents rebirth, similarly he got inspired to get this tattoo which keeps encouraging him to get up from his failures and all the difficulties of life and hard times and move ahead overcoming and fighting them.
7. ‘JESUS’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the outer side of his right forearm, Dustin has got the ink which reads, JESUS.
Meaning: This ink represents his religious views i.e about Christianity.
8. ‘Portrait of Jesus Christ’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has a light shaded portrait of Jesus Christ inked on the inner side of his right forearm.
Meaning: Dustin’s strong faith and love for Jesus Christ is evident from this ink. This is the second tattoo on his body which is showcasing his respect and divine connection with his religion.
9. ‘Grandmother’s Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: His right hand’s wrist is inked with his grandmother’s name as Glenda.
Meaning: He claims to be close to his grandmother, and this ink is proof of his love for her.
“I was brought up by my grandmother.”
10. ‘Mother’s Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Exactly on the center of his right arm, Dustin has got the name of his Mother (Deann) inked.
Meaning: Dustin has openly accepted multiple times that women have an important place in his heart, as he thinks them to be wonderful and powerful creations of God and thus, this ink is another proof of his belief.
11. ‘Japanese Mask’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right upper arm, there exists a huge Japanese mask tattoo.
12. ‘Diamond’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has got diamonds inked on his wrists of both hands. Diamonds represent the beauty and wealth of a person.
LEFT ARM TATTOOS
13. ‘Louisiana Tiger’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has a Louisiana Tiger inked on his left shoulder. Tiger is also surrounded by flowers grown into the field inked around it.
Meaning: Tigers are the symbol of strength and independence. Dustin’s reason to get this ink done is clear from his self-belief that he is the champion of his career and considers himself the best of all the Martial Artists.
14. ‘Magnolia Flower’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has a magnolia flower inked on his left bicep. The tattoo is inked in black outline.
Meaning: Magnolia’s are considered to be the symbol of peace and harmony and is also the state flower of Louisiana which is the birthplace of Dustin Poirier.
15. ‘Mary’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm Dustin has got the portrait of Mary inked. It has the sunrays rising behind her.
Meaning: This is the third tattoo on his body which represents his strong faith and devotion towards Christianity.
16. ‘Blood Bought Paid in full’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the outer side of his left forearm, Dustin has a quote inked which can be read as,
17. ‘Diamond’ Tattoo
Tattoo: As told earlier, Dustin has diamonds inked on each of his wrists. Diamonds symbolize wealth however, they are also the symbol of commitment and faithfulness between the husband and wife.
18. ‘Chinese Letters’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm, Dustin has few Chinese letters inked and their relevance has still not been revealed by him.
19. Left Inner Arm Tribal Design
Tattoo: There is a tribal design inked on the inner side of Dustin’s left bicep. The tattoo seems to be the ground or the field for the tiger inked above on his shoulder.
20. Red Flowers on Left Upper Arm
There are multiple tiny red-colored flowers inked on Dustin’s left upper and inner upper arm.
21. ‘Spiderweb’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin has a lightly shaded spiderweb inked on his left elbow.
Meaning: Spiderwebs are the symbol of being trapped or prisoned.
22. ‘Inspire’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the corner of his right hand’s palm, Dustin has a tattoo that reads ‘Inspire‘.
Meaning: Dustin believes in being strong to carry his own decisions independently. In an interview, he said that this tattoo is a continuous reminder for him to be an inspiration for himself as well as others.
23. ‘Crown’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin’s right hand on its outer side is inked with a crown.
“The crown on the right hand, I dunno why I thought it was cool.”
24. ‘Fleur-de-lis’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Dustin’s upper portion of the hand is covered with the tattoo, fleur–de–lis.
Meaning: Fleur–de–lis which means Flower of Three i.e it stands for Lily Flower in French. Dustin got it inked because he was born in Louisiana, and this designed Lily is the symbol of the French Royal Arms in Louisiana. It is also considered the symbol of peace and purification as according to the olden times a golden lily (or iris) was used as a symbol of purification upon the person’s conversion into Christianity.
25. ‘Roman Numerals’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The side of his left hand contains the ink which shows some Roman Numerals which can be read as, “IX. IV.MMIX“.
Meaning: The tattoo can be deciphered as the date on which Dustin and his wife got married, i.e September 4, 2009. They both got the same ink done with a difference that his wife has it on her neck.
“It is the day when I and my wife got married, she has this ink on her neck.”
26. ‘Faith’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The outer side of his left hand, towards the right side of his Lily ink, lies another ink which is read as Faith.
27. Huge Cross on Right Thigh
Tattoo: Dustin has got a huge dark black colored cross inked on his right thigh which he regrets about.