Josef Martínez’s 22 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Josef Martinez whose full-name is Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia, is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for American club Atlanta United FC, and the Venezuela National team as a striker. Josef is known to have made his International Debut on 7 August 2011 against El Salvador as a substitute in the 76th minute. Josef is a big tattoo-art lover and so does his body suggests. Josef has got beautiful arts done on his body. Let us see what they are and what importance do they have for him.

Josef Martinez

1. ‘Alexander’ Tattoo

Josef alexandra tattoo

Tattoo: On the corner of his right hand, Marinez has got the name, ‘Alexander’ tattooed.

Meaning: Alexander is the first name of Josef’s father, ‘Alexander Martínez’.

2. Thigh Tattoo

Josef thigh tattoo

Josef thigh tattoo

Tattoo: Josef’s left thigh is inked with Spanish writing that can be read as, “Dios le da las peores batallas a sus mejores guerreros”.

Meaning: Josef is very emotional as a person and shares a deep bond and memories with his birth city, Valencia, Venezuela. Thus, he got this tattoo to signify the times when his city had to suffer from the political chaos caused by the elections. The lines are inked in Spanish and mean, “God gives the worst battles to his best warriors” when translated into English. He said that he got this ink as a way to support his city and the warriors as the means to keep them strong and to showcase his personal support for their patriotism and their will power for all those who were working to fight for the safety of the city.

3. ‘Design’ Tattoo

Josef right bicep tattoo

Josef arm tattoo

Tattoo: There is a huge dark-themed black colored tattoo inked on his right arm.

4. Pawprint Tattoo

Josef chest tattoo

Tattoo: On his left pec, Martinez has a pawprint inked along with the name of his dog, ‘Hachiko’.

Meaning: Josef is known to be very close with his pet dog, Hachiko and thus, he got this tattoo to showcase his love for him. In 2016, his dog was lost which had left him heartbroken till the time he was found and brought back home. His social media was loaded with his ‘missing ads’ stories and pictures.

5. ‘Football with a Crown’ Tattoo

Josef crowned football tattoo

Tattoo: On his right hand, Josef has got soccer with a crown tattoo.

Meaning: The tattoo tells us about his profession, his love for the game, and how he is dedicated enough to do anything to excel in the game. Martinez says that his love with the game is actually unexplainable.

6. ‘La Familia’ Tattoo

Josef family tattoo

Tattoo: On his left forearm there is writing tattooed which says, ‘La Familia’ and the names as, ‘Alexandra, Abraham, Anthony’, inked vertically.

Meaning: Josef is too close with his family and this tattoo is his dedication to the love for his family members. La Familia (in Spanish), when translated into English, stands for ‘The Family’. The names in the sequence represent the names of his father, Alexandra Martinez, and other family members, respectively.

7. Finger Tattoo

Josef finger tattoo

Tattoo: On the knuckles of his left hand, Josef has got another Spanish writing inked which can be read as ‘D I O S’.

Meaning:DIOS‘ when translated into English, stands for ‘God‘. Josef’s religious beliefs and faith in God is the reason he has such a tattoo on his body.

8. Forearm Tattoo

Josef forearm writing tattoo

Tattoo: There is a big proverb inked on the inner side of Josef’s left forearm. The writing has been done in Spanish and contains the lines from the Holy Book, The Bible. Josef got it inked because his grandmother was fond of these lines, as claimed by Josef in one of his interviews.

9. ‘JM17’ Tattoo

Josef hand tattoo

Tattoo: Josef has got the tattoo done on his left hand’s fingers’ that can be read as, jm17′.

Meaning: The tattoo is the acronym used for representing his name, Josef Matinez for JS, and 17 represents his jersey number for the National football team, Venezuela.

10. Writing on Bicep Tattoo

Josef inscription on left bicep

11. Leg Tattoo

Josef leg tattoo

12. ‘luris’ Tattoo

Josef Luris tattoo

Tattoo: On the corner of his left hand, Josef has got the name, ‘luris’ tattooed.

Meaning: ‘luris is the first name of his mother, Luris Martinez.

13. ‘VENEZUELA’ Tattoo

Josef name on thigh

Tattoo: On his left thigh we can see the tattoo of the word, ‘VENEZUELA’.

Meaning: The tattoo is his dedication to love and respect for his home country, Venezuela. Josef got this tattoo done as a reminder to himself that the people of his country are strong and need to be together in the difficult times and things will fall into peace with the blessings of God.

14. Names on Arm

Josef names on forearm

Tattoo: On Josef’s left forearm there are two names tattooed as, ‘Luz Orieel’ and ‘Ricardo Rafael’.

15. Neck Writing

Josef quote on neck

Tattoo: Martinez has got multiple writings inked on his body and this, is another on the right side of his neck which contains the Spanish words as, “Lo que hacemos en la vida tiene su eco en la eternidad” along with the number 17.

Meaning: The lines when translated into English means, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” 17 represents Josef’s jersey number which he owned for the major part of his career till now and is very close to his heart.

16. Quotes on Arm 

Josef quotes on arms tattoo

Tattoo: There are two quotes interlinked, and inked, one on each of his forearms. On his left forearm, there is a tattoo that says, ‘GOD IS MY GUIDE AND, on his left forearm we can read the other half of the quote as MY FAMILY IS MY STRENGTH“. Thus, the tattoo speaks of his beliefs and principles as to how he relies upon God as his guide and considers his family as his strength.



There are multiple star tattoos on Josef’s body. Star is the symbol of guidance and direction. People get star tattoos as the means of good luck and also, to follow and focus on one’s goal in life.

17. Star on Elbow 

Josef writign on bicep

Josef star on elbow tattoo

18. Stars on shoulders 

Josef star tattoos

19. Stars on Biceps 

Josef stars on bicep tattoo

20. Compass Tattoo

Josef tattoo on ribcage

21. ‘Three Crosses’ Tattoo

Josef three cross tattoos

Tattoo: Towards the left side of his neck, Josef has got the three crosses inked.

Meaning: Three crosses are the most common religious tattoos among Christians. They can dedicate two meanings. Firstly, they represent the three aspects of God in the Christian faith: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Secondly, as the regard to Christian faith and humanity, a person may get this tattoo as a tribute to Jesus Christ and the other two who were crucified along with him as a symbol of respecting their humanity and sacrifice.

22. Poem Tattoo

Josef poem writing

Tattoo: On the inner side of his left forearm, Martinez has got another Spanish writing which specifies the name of the poem and the poem therewith. It is titled  “Que es la vida” and includes the words penned down by Mother Theresa of the Catholic Church. ‘Que es la vida’ means ‘What is Life’ in English.

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