Lance Franklin’s 14 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Lance Franklin, who is also famous by the name Buddy Franklin, is a professional Australian rules footballer who is currently part of the Australian Football League (AFL) and plays with the Sydney Swans. It has been said that he was part of the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 until 2013. Considered the best forward of his generation and one of the greatest players of all time, Franklin has 995 goals to his credit. Besides his professional credibility and achievements, Lance has got multiple tattoos that cover his body. This article shall give you insight into his body designs and their menaings.

Lance Franklin

Lance Franklin’s Tattoos

Lance Franklin Tattoos

1. Eagle Tattoo

Lance bird tattoo

Tattoo: On the outer side of his right forearm, Lance has a tattoo of an eagle.

Meaning: As per multiple traditions, cultures, and mythologies, the eagle tattoo represents solidity, mastery, freedom, fortune, transparency, direction, spirituality, and the preacher of God. Eagle is believed to be the head of the family who is said to take our prayers to God and also acts as the opponent of evil.

Eagle is the sole representation of courage and determination.

2. Australian-inspired motifs -Bicep Tattoo

Lance left shoulder tattoo

Lance left arm tattoo

Tattoo: Covering his left arm is the tattoo of Australian-inspired motifs which includes the illustration of a dark guy who is sitting in the open and playing didgeridoo. Also, there is a tiny illustration of kangaroos running in the surroundings.

The didgeridoo is a wooden real Australian instrument that looks like a long pipe. A dark guy with white face paint is sitting in more like a forest environment and plays the didgeridoo. Harmony, individual, ethnicity, rendition, color, conduit, civilization, decoration are all depicted in this picture. It is the representation of an Australian Aboriginal man playing the didgeridoo thus, the relevance of didgeridoo since long times that was played as a complement to ceremonious dancing and singing and also for recreational purposes

3. Forearm Tattoo

LANCE Left forearm tattoo

This is the extension of his left arm tattoo, showing the playing Kangaroos, an Australian aboriginal man along with swans, and various other motifs.

Kangaroos are the symbol of a proportional, powerful, and active nature and that is why most people get kangaroo tattoos. They symbolize harmony, soundness, intelligence, and calmness. Whereas the swans are the token of poise, grace, beauty, and peacefulness.

4. Portrait and Roses

Lance portrait and roses on arm

Tattoo: On his right forearm, there is a male portrait that represents the face of France’s father. The roses inked alongside show the love for his father.

5. Portrait and Roses 

Lance portrait and roses on forearm tattoo

Lance mother portrait tattoo

Tattoo: Below the portrait of his father is the portrait of Lance’s mother. The tattoo is also surrounded by roses on the sides.

Meaning: The tattoo is a representation of his love for his mother. His mother’s name, Ursula Franklin is tattooed under the portrait. It is said that she is Aboriginal (Nyoongar). The roses inked on the surroundings show affection and deep love for his mother.

6. Rosary Beads Tattoo

Lance rosary beads tattoo

Tattoo: Surrounding his clock and rose tattoo is the rosary beads.

A crimson rose represents love. A rose and a rosary together express love and faithfulness. Rosary beads are the way to show your closeness to Virgin Mary as Rosary itself stands for Virgin Mary. People get rosary beads to represent their faith and devotion to Christian beliefs.

7. Clock and Roses Tattoo

Lance roses clock and portrait tattoo

Lance clock with portrait tattoo

Tattoo: On his right bicep, we can see a clock and roses tattoo headed on the top of the portrait of a man.

Clock tattoos are extremely deep and signify vitality, life, and death. People get clock tattoos to mark some important event of their lives. The one on Lance’s bicep also shows some fixed time and we can assume he dedicates this tattoo to an important person of his life, as represented from the roses and rosary beads inked along.  This whole tattoo representation is often used as a remembrance of a loved one.
The clock face coupled with a rose signifies everlasting love.
In addition, the rose represents nature, and the clock represents time; combined, they depict the unending everlasting nature.

8. Skull Tattoo

Lance skull tattoo

Tattoo: There is a skull tattooed on the inner side of FRANKLIN’S RIGHT WRIST.

Meaning: Skull is often linked with bad, evil, dark, and death. BUT, do you know?

They are the most famous choice among tattoo lovers who wish to show their determination, strength, courage, and capability of overcoming fears and hard times of their life with ease. Many times, the skull is also used to show the past times that the person has successfully overcome!

9. Writing on Stomach

Lance writing on stomach tattoo

Tattoo: Towards the left side of his stomach. there is a writing that says, ‘The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.’

It is a popular quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher) 

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature”

10. Writing on Wrist

Lance writing on wrist tattoo

11. ‘ZEN’ Tattoo

Lance ZEN tattoo

Tattoo: Lance has two sons with his model wife Jesinta Franklin. Zen is speculated to be the name of his elder son, Rocky being the name of his second child who was born in March 2021.

12. Sparrow on Chest

Lance sparrow with heart tattoo

Tattoo: Towards the right side of his chest, there is a sparrow with a heart in its mouth inked.

The sparrow is a sign of genuine love and spiritual camaraderie as per Greek mythology.

13. Cross Anchor on Stomach Tattoo

Lance stomach ink

Tattoo: Under his right pec, there is a cross anchor tattooed.

Meaning: The cross, the anchor, and the heart are used to represent the three theological probities of trust, longing, and generosity, respectively. The cross is the Holy symbol of The Christians and thus, the cross and the anchor are said to be used together by Christians in the catacombs. The heart that is often combined with the cross and the anchor shows the love for humanity and the human race.

14. Skull on Ankle Tattoo

Lance skull on ankle tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his left ankle, Franklin has got another skull inked.

Meaning: The skull tattoo is the rebel’s distinguishing feature. Its basic, stark look has is often mistaken for negative aspects like that of death and mortality. But skulls aren’t just for the horrific or bad omens,  they may also represent positive compositions like conquering hurdles or safeguarding assets and the capability of dealing with all the bad times of future life!

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