José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, professionally known as J Balvin, is a Colombian reggaeton singer. Balvin began singing at the mere age of 14 years and continued to work independently for eight years. However, his decision to continue with music as his career began when got influenced by the music in Oklahoma and New York where he had gone to learn English. J Balvin is focused on introducing Spanish music globally. Being known for his fashion sense, Balvin is completely covered with inks on his body. Let us explore his inks and their interesting meanings.
“When I go out in streets and see people full of tattoos then I am like, oh so many tattoos and then I look at myself and then I am like what, I am talking about them, oh I m full of tattoos too.”
“It comes like fever sometimes and I am like I want 20 tattoos on my arm”.
J Balvin has four major inks on his body which include Tiger in different forms, for instance, there are two Tiger Portraits, Tiger eyes, and their bodies. He was amazed by Tigers’ beauty when he visited Thailand and got to know about their beauty and life.
“Tigers are my favorite animals. When I went to Thailand I got the opportunity to see lots of culture and watch lots of Tigers, I was amazed to see how powerful, smart and beautiful they are. I just love them.”
1. ‘Tiger on Hand’ Tattoo
2. ‘Tiger Eyes’ Tattoo
3. ‘Tiger on Side’ Tattoo
4. Tiger on Left Forearm
Tattoo: Balvin’s left forearm is covered with the face of tiger shaded in light colors followed by two red flowers tattooed towards his wrist.
5. ‘Rose’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a colorful and artistic rose inked on Balvin’s top of the right hand. Roses are the symbol of love, hope and new beginnings of life
6. ‘VIDA REAL’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Just above the knuckles of the fingers of Balvin’s right and left hand are the word tattoos inked which say, VIDA and REAL inked on the right and left-hand fingers’, respectively.
7. Symbols on Right Hand’s Fingers
Tattoo: Just under his VIDA tattoo there lies the symbols which represent the crown on the middle finger, music note on the ring finger, and, peace sign on his pinkie finger.
8. ‘Mi Gente’ Tattoo
Tattoo: J Balvin has a very interesting ink right on his right forearm which says, Mi Gente written in a very stylish manner.
Meaning: ‘Mi Gente’ tattoo holds great importance in Balvin’s life. This is one of hits songs of his career which was released in the year 2017 and crossed one million marks.
9. ‘Stars’ Tattoo
10. ‘J B’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘J B’ represents the initials of his own name, J Balvin, inked on his left forearm. right above the mickey mouse tattoo
11. Tribal Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right bicep, Balvin has a tribal design inked. He revealed in an interview that this was his first tattoo which he received at the age of 12. He even had to take permission from his mother for getting inked.
12. ‘Eye’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Just below the Lady’s face tattoo, there is an eye inked in light shade.
13. ‘Supermario and Mickey Mouse’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the lower side of his ‘Mi Gente’ Tattoo towards his right hand’s wrist is the tattoo of the cartoon Mickey Mouse whereas on the upper side of it lies the ink of the face of Supermario.
14. ‘Angry Emoticon’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is an angry face emoticon inked on Balvin’s left forearm.
Portraits of Ladies
“To me Women are amazing that is why I like to have Woman Tattoos.”
15. Portrait on Right forearm
Tattoo: On his right forearm, there is a portrait of a very beautiful girl with open hair tattooed.
“I saw her profile, liked her, I thought she is dope”.
16. ‘Sister’s Portrait’
Tattoo: The inner side of Balvin’s right bicep is tattooed with the face of his sister, Carolina Balvin.
17. ‘Multiple Portraits’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right arm there are more portraits of women inked which include the tattoo of Virgin Mary inked on his right forearm, on its upper side there lies the half face of the lady with curly hair and a girl’s face is inked towards the inner side of his right bicep.
18. ‘Flower and Lady’ Tattoo
19. ‘Tribal Girl’s’ Face on Left Forearm
Tattoo: On the outer side of his left forearm lies another tattoo of a tribal girl’s face.
20. ‘Lealtad’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Balvin has the word ‘Lealtad’ inked on his right hand’s wrist. Balvin got this tattoo along with his best friend and both of them have the same inks. Lealtad means loyalty.
21. ‘Mickey Mouse’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm there is another tattoo of a Mickey Mouse, however, different from the one on his right arm. The tattoo shows how the Mickey Mouse looks from inside.
22. ‘Lotus’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a large Lotus flower inked on the upper part of Balvin’s right bicep. Below the lotus also lies leaves inked in appealing design followed by some patterns surrounding the Lotus Tattoo.
23. ‘Left Bicep Masterpiece’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Balvin has got a huge ink on his left bicep. The tattoo begins from his left shoulder and goes till his left elbow. The tattoo shows a woman holding the weights, various dollar bills, Comedy Tragedy Masks, Multiple Minor designs in between the masterpiece followed by a mike towards a little inner side of his left bicep.
I wanted to do something different, so I went for this complete arm Tattoo.
Chest and Stomach Tattoos
24. ‘Sparrows’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There are two sparrows inked on Balvin’s shoulders, one on each shoulder such that their faces are inked towards outside directions.
Meaning: Fyling sparrows are the symbol of love and loyalty towards the family or loved ones. Besides, they also represent a victory or achievement of something unachievable.
25. ‘Familia’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Balvin has the word, “Familia” inked across his chest. The tattoo is the tribute to his loved ones, especially in the honor of her mother who suffered from the rare genetic condition acute intermittent porphyria.
26. ‘FENIX and 1985’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Balvin has the word FENIX inked right towards the center of his lower abdomen, and there is another ink which says 1985 which is the birth year of J.Balvin.
27. ‘Writing Hand and Skeleton’ Tattoo
Tatt00: Tattoo representing the angry skeleton is inked on the left side of Balvin’s stomach and towards the left of the 1985 tattoo a hand holding the pen is inked on his lower stomach.
29. ‘Cross, Crowned Eagle, and Flying Bird’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Just under his Familia ink, there is a tattoo of an eagle who also has a crown over its head in the form of a diamond followed by two roses, one on its each side. Towards the left of the Eagle, there is another flying eagle inked. Eagles are the symbol of wisdom and power whereas roses represent new beginnings of life. On top of the diamond, there is a small cross tattooed.
30. ‘D A O B’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the upper part of his back, Balvin has a tattoo which reads “DAOB”.
Meaning: J A O B represents the initials of Balvin’s full name, i.e José Álvaro Osorio Balvin.
31. ‘Compass and Diamond’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Under Balvin’s left ear, there are two inks one is the compass and the other is a tiny diamond inked towards the top back of his left ear.
32. ‘Cross and Words’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Behind his right ear Balvin has a tiny cross inked followed by some words inked under it.
33. Smiley on his Knee
Tattoo: There is a happy smiley face inked on his right thigh, right above his knee.
34. ‘Flower and Diamond on Thumb’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a very small diamond inked on Balvin’s right hand’s thumb. Just beside it also lies a flower and phrase ink.