Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is the famous Icelandic professional strongman and actor. Julius is known to be the first person to have won three titles in the same year as, the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man. You will be surprised to know that he is also a former professional basketball player. He is well-known as ‘The Mountain’ from ‘Game of Thrones. Following the trend of other Strong Men of the world, Hafthor also has got few tattoos on his body. Let us explore all of them.
1. Lion Tattoo
Tattoo: Roaring Lion is tattooed on his right pec.
Meaning: Roaring Lion is the symbol of courageousness, strength, and power. Mainly, it is the token of showing your power and authority over everyone else. Hafthor got this Lion tattoo to represent his own personality and part of himself as he is called ‘The Lion’.
“When I started my career, I called a Lion as I came out of nowhere.”
2. Right Bicep Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a thor tattoo on Hafthor’s right bicep.
Meaning: In an interview, Hafthor revealed that his right bicep is covered with Thor who is seen fighting. As per Geman Mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding God associated with thunder, storms, lightning, protection of mankind, and fertility. Hafthor is himself famous for his role in Game of Thrones
3. Right Leg Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right leg, Hafthor has got a portrait and few lines inked.
Meaning: The portrait is of Elvis Aaron Presley who is regarded as one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. He was a well-known American singer and actor who was known as the “King of Rock and Roll”.
“Presley because he is the king of the music.”
He had revealed this tattoo via his Instagram handle with a caption:
New ink! Got my self new tattoo in Mexico! #ElvisPresley #quote #ItsNotHowMuchYouHaveThatMakesPeopleLookUpToYouItsWhoYouAre
4. Bicep Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right bicep, there are multiple buildings tattooed.
5. Quote on Left Leg
Tattoo: On his left leg, there are lines inked as ‘There is no reason To Be Alive if You cant do Deadlift.’
6. ‘Lion’ Tattoo
Tattoo: His inner right forearm is also inked with a lion. The thor inked on the upper right arm is seen fighting with a lion running towards him. This detailing about the tattoo inscription has been revealed by Hafthor himself in one of his interviews.
7. ‘Jón Páll Sigmarsson’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the back of his left leg, Hafthor has got the tattoo of Icelandic Legend, Jon Pall Sigmarsson who is seen holding the Altus Stone.
Meaning: Jón Páll Sigmarsson is an iconic name. He was the most famous Icelandic strongman, powerlifter, and bodybuilder. he was actually the first-ever man to have won the World’s Strongest Man title four times. He is considered to be the greatest strongman of all time and is also entitled to developing Iceland’s national identity.
8. Triple cut Tattoo
Tattoo: Hafthor has got a tribal design on his left shoulder.
Meaning: It is actually a three-cut tattoo as revealed by him. He got it at the age of 17 years, making it to be the first-ever tattoo of his life. He said that he had to take his father along for the paperwork because they wouldn’t do a tattoo on his body since he was under 18, which is otherwise the legal adult age to get a tattoo.
9. ‘Horse’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right inner upper arm, there is a horse inked.
Meaning: The whole inscription of his right arm is dedicated to Thor on the horse and the natural environment including Thor fighting the animals like Lion. Horse otherwise is the symbol of power, strength, and freedom. It is also regarded as the best token of bravery and companionship.
10. ‘Growling Bear’ Tattoo
Tattoo: His left pec is inked with the portrait of a growling bear.
Meaning: Bear is the majestic animal whose tattoo is considered to be the symbol of majestic power and strength. Also, it is an important symbol of reflecting the relationship between nature and human beings
11. ‘Wolf’ Tattoo
Tattoo: As a cover-up to his previous tribal tattoo, Hafthor got this wolf inked. The tattoo is inked in blue-grey color and is extended towards his right mid-arm and also his back. On the backside of his shoulder, there are designs inked in different shades including the shape of the skull.
Meaning: Wolf tattoo shows the connection with your loved ones and loyalty towards them. Wolf is the symbol of strength, courage, and power. On the flip side, the skull is the symbol of evil and death however, people mostly get it to symbolize their self strength and willingness to overcome all the difficulties of life with confidence. He had revealed his tattoo cover-up via his Instagram handle:
12. Right Arm Tattoo Design
13. ‘Dragons’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Hafthor’s left forearm is covered with dragons inked in different colors.
Meaning: The tattoo details the concept of two dragons who are coming down a mountain, as explained by Hafthor in one of his interviews. He said that the tattoo is the depiction of his affinity towards fantasy and love for nature. Most importantly it is his dedication towards ‘Game of thrones’.
Dragons are the symbol of strength and protection. They are the symbol of protecting the wearer against evil. The wearer of dragon tattoos is often assumed to be an ambitious and independent leader.
14. ‘Daugther’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Towards his inner left forearm, Hafthor has got the tattoo of his daughter, Theresa Líf’s portrait inked.
15. ‘Odin’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right upper arm, we can see the tattoo of Odin.
Meaning: Odin is the famous fictional character and the God of wisdom, death, and magic. He is also considered to be the God of poets. Odin was always the part of heroic literature as the protector of heroes whereby, fallen heroes used to join him in his palace, Valhalla.
16. Tribal Design
Tattoo: Tribal design is inked on the inner side of Hafthor’s left bicep.
Meaning: Tribal design can have a different meaning for every tattoo lover. It may be the respect and tribute for his/ her culture, tradition, and family heritage or a symbol of self-protection and strength.