Rodney Jacob “Jake” Collier is a famous American Mixed Martial Artist who currently competes in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It is pretty surprising for everyone because Jake has no background in Martial Arts, but it all began when he started Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 20. The only purpose to join was to lose weight. But today, if you ask the guy about his love for the sport, he cannot stop talking about it. Jake also wears some interesting body tattoos. Let us explore those unique pieces and see what meanings do they hold for him.
1. Crying Angel Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left bicep, Jake has got the tattoo of a crying angel with a pair of folded hands shaped in the form of a praying posture. Some words inked along with the portrait can be read as, ‘In the Loving Memory of Rodney Collier.’
Meaning: The crying angel is used as the symbol of paying tribute to a family member who is no more alive. The praying hands are a Christian symbol often used as a remembrance of the power of Christ and prayer. It represents the wearer’s faith and the strong bond, love, respect, and dedication to the close family member who is now dead.
This tattoo is a loving tribute to Jake’s father, Rodney Collier.
2. Bicep Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right inner bicep, there is a shadowed outlined tattoo that shows two human figures hugging each other.
3. Skulls on Shoulder
Tattoo: There are multiple skulls and ghostly figures inked on jake’s right shoulder and bicep.
Meaning: Skulls and Ghosts are the symbols of bad, evil, and dead. However, some people get such tattoos just for the sake of love for spooky things in life.
Skulls are also believed to act as the symbol of keeping away the evils and help an individual overcome the challenges of life with strength and confidence. They act as the token of remembrance for the transition of one’s life/lifestyle thus, forgetting the past and moving ahead in the future by overcoming the hard times of your past. Thus, representing a complete rebirth and the murder of old, dark, and dull life.
4. Cross and Angel Wings Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left pec, there is a tattoo of a cross with angel wings. Also, there are some words that can be read as, ‘In the loving memory of Ryno.’
Meaning: The cross is the Holy Symbol of Christians. The cross, when combined with angel wings, is considered as the token of paying tribute and remembering the loved one who is no more in this world. Jake’s tattoo talks about the person, Ryno, in whose memory Jake has got this beautiful ink done.
The cross with angel wings is a popular choice among tattoo wearers who are proud of being a Christian.
4. Hand of Hamsa Tattoo
Tattoo: On his inner right forearm, Jake has got the Tattoo of the Hand of Hamsa.
Meaning: The hand of Hamsa, also known as the Hand of God, is symbolic of bringing happiness, good luck, perfect health, and fortune to the tattoo wearer. The tattoo is represented in the shape of two symmetrical thumbs, which have been used for thousands of years to ward off the evil/bad and thus, act as “evil eye.”
5. Stars Tattoo
Tattoo: There are five-pointed stars inked in shades of orange and black on Jake’s body, one on either side of his stomach.
Meaning: Five-pointed stars, commonly known as nautical stars, are used to represent good fortune, guidance, protection, good luck, and direction. It is a common tattoo choice especially among the sea sailors as the symbol of good luck when they are about to set sail on open seas. Some people keep on adding designs to their existing star tattoos to mark them as a symbol of their accomplishments. Two stars are representations of the wearer’s victory in a difficult fight or some hard journey of life.
6. Writing on left Arm
7. Writing on left Arm
Tattoo: On his right forearm, there is a tattoo of the word, ‘MASON.’ Not much has been talked about his family but, there is speculation that Mason might be the name of his son.
7. ‘Family’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his left bicep, Jake has got the tattoo of the word ‘family’ in an italicized font. The tattoo shows his love and concern for his family.
8. Paw-Prints Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a pair of paw prints along with someone’s name, inked on the inner side of Jake’s left forearm.
9. Ghost Reaper Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a ghost with a sword inked on Jake’s left leg. It actually represents the ghost reaper or grim reaper.
Meaning: The Grim Reaper, also known as the ghost reaper, represents the “circle of life.” It is the reflector of the important truth of our lives that every death is unavoidable and will come to each of us, ultimately. Thus, we shouldn’t be afraid of it and continue to understand and live our life happily. It is often regarded a the symbol of courage, strength, the acceptance to take death without fear. It will when it is destined to come.
9. Rose with Ghost Face Tattoo
Tattoo: On the top side of his left pec, there is a rose inked with the face of a ghost-shaped towards its middle.
Meaning: A ghost face skull is the collaboration of the symbolism of the rose and a skull. Skull is the symbol of death, dead, evil, and bad, whereas a rose, on the other hand, symbolizes beauty, love, and friendship. The ghost is believed to be the symbol of rebirth, a spirit helper, or an epitome of spiritual protection. Together, the skull and rose tattoo show a continuous struggle between the two opposite forces of nature, i.e., the evil and bad, and thus, the beautiful and the ugly times.