KJ Apa’s 7 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa is a New Zealand actor. He began his career by starring in Shortland Street as Kane Jenkins. He is most famous for his role as Archie Andrews in Riverdale. Apa has also appeared in a few movies such as A Dog’s Purpose, The Hate U Give, and I Still Believe. Kapa has some interesting inks on his body, and he really loves getting tattoos on his body. He said, “If I wasn’t acting, I’d have tattoos everywhere.” Let us look at the ones he has and the meanings behind them.

KJ Apa

Arm Tattoos

1. ‘Design’ Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a tattoo in a triangular shape containing a Samoan design on his right shoulder.

Meaning: KJ got this tattoo as a tribute to his Samoan heritage. While explaining the tattoo, he said, “Most people think of me as an actor or a musician, but being Samoan is actually a huge part of who I am. I love visiting my family there and the island life just washes over you as soon as you land on that plane. My grandfather was a High Chief of our village. My dad actually took over his role as Chief, and I was really proud of that”

2. ‘Circular Design’ Tattoo

Tattoo:  KJ’s left shoulder too, just like his other one contains an intricate design tattooed on it.

Meaning: KJ loves Samoan patterns and used to draw them everywhere too. This is a design that was made by combining his Samoan heritage with Armenian and Maori heritage of his best friends.

3. ‘Bee and Flower’ Tattoos

Tattoo: The inner side of his right wrist contains a tattoo of a small bee, surrounded by two branches of leaves. There is also a flower tattooed near his wrist.

Meaning: This is a matching tattoo that his mom as well as grandmother have too because his grandmother loves bees. KJ said, “My grandmom and my mom both have the same bee, and I got the wreath around it when I was actually waiting for another tattoo that is on my left shoulder”

4. ‘Logo’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of Apa’s right forearm, just below his elbow contains a tattoo of a logo, made up of the letters V and H containing wings.

Meaning: KJ got the tattoo of the logo to show his love and support for his favorite band, Van Halen.

5. ‘Letters’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of his left forearm, contains a tattoo of the letters, “S, V, and R” tattooed on it. The S and SR are tattooed on either line of the V and are in a different font.

6. ‘Couple’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of his left forearm contains another tattoo on it which is of an old couple dancing.

Meaning: KJ got this tattoo for his grandparents whom he adores very much and the couple represents them.

Chest Tattoos

7. Quote Tattoo

Tattoo: The left side of his chest contains a quote in Latin tattooed on it that reads, “Omnia Vincit Amor”

Meaning: The Latin words translate to, “Love Conquers All”

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