Marco Materazzi’s 35 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Marco Materazzi is a famous Italian former footballer and manager. Marco has always been in controversies due to his aggressive style of playing his role as a defender in the field. Owing to his harsh tackling and tight marking, he had received a whopping number of penalty cards. He had been handed over nearly 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards throughout his professional career. Just like other football players, Marco is also a big fan of body tattoos. His body is covered with an immense number of tattoos from top to bottom. Let us explore them.

Marco Materazzi

“I don’t look at other men’s tattoos. I envy more those who do not have any: what wasted skin! Me, I’d like to wake up one morning without any tattoos and start again! But I do love my tattoos because everyone is a moment in my life.”

1. ‘Angel Wings’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Covering the whole of his back is a pair of angel wings.

Meaning: Angel Wings symbolize freedom, independence, and faith in God. However, some people get angel wings as the symbol of tribute to a loved one who is no more alive. The wings are also believed to be the token of security and guardianship as they relate to angels (the messengers of God) who tend to protect us when our close and near ones die. Also, as per the Christian faith, angel wings tend to be the reflectors of the truth of life that, each one of us has a sweet and angelic side which we should never forget.

2. ‘Anna’ Tattoo 

Marco anna tattoo

Tattoo: On the back of his neck, Marco has got a tattoo of the word, ‘Anna’.

Meaning: Anna is the first name of his daughter, Anna Materazzi. She was born to Marco and Daniela Materazzi.

3. ‘Names on the Back’ Tattoo

Marco back tattoo


Tattoo: Tattooed on the center of his back is the tattoo writing which contains two names, Marco and Daniela inked vertically from top to the bottom of his back. Also, there are two tiny flowers inked within the two names.

Meaning: The names in the tattoo represent the first names of Marco and his wife, Daniela. As we can read in the tattoo, Marco being the first name of Marco Materazzi and Daniela being the first name of Daniela Materazzi. Thye got married on 23 June 1997

4. ‘Love Band on Bicep’ Tattoo

Marco bicep band tattoo

Tattoo: On his right bicep there is a curvy band tattooed with the initials M and D, overlapping each other.

Meaning: The band is kind of a love band locking Marco and his bond with his life partner, his wife, Daniele. The initials are the name initials of Marco and his wife, Daniele’s first names. They got married in the year 1997 and have three children named, Anna, Davide, and Gianmarco. The band also has feathers inked to its bottom.

4. ‘Son’s Name’ tattoo

Marco bicep tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his right bicep, Marco has got the name of his son tattooed as, ‘Gianmarco’. He is Marco and Daniele’s third child.

5. ’23’ Tattoo

Marco C23 Tattoo

Tattoo: On his left bicep, there is a tattoo of the number ‘FC23‘ inked in italicized font.

Meaning: The tattoo represents Marco’s jersey number i.e. 23. It was his number when he played as a defender for Chennaiyin FC.

6. Chinese Writing

Marco cross band tattoo

7. Multi-colored Diamond Tattoos

Marco diamonds tattoo

Tattoo: There are multiple diamonds inked on the inner side of Marco’s right bicep. They are inked vertically in shades of blue, yellow, and purple.

Meaning: Diamonds are often associated with power, money, and inner strength. They are also believed to be the reflection of one’s character. It is always said that the ‘true beauty lies within the person’ thus, it is also a reflection of one’s pure and outshining character.

8. ‘Dragon with a Star’ Tattoo

Marco left pec tattoo

Marco dragon tattoo

Tattoo: There is a big dragon inked on Marco’s left shoulder and pec. The tattoo expands to his chest area.

Meaning: Dragon is the symbol of freedom. Freedom and independence for one’s soul as well as the authority to make decisions of life. It also stands for power and wisdom.

9. ‘Feathers’ Tattoo

Marco feather tattoos

Tattoo: On his right bicep, Marco has got feathers inked.

Meaning: Feather tattoo symbolizes mystery, wisdom, and intelligence.

10. Band Tattoo

Marco finger tattoo

Tattoo: There is a finger band inked on Marco’s left hand’s index finger.

Meaning: The tattoo is the symbol of love as it is believed to contain the names of your loved one.

11. ‘Flowers’ on Arm

Marco flower tattoo Marco flowers on arm tattoo

Tattoo: There are multiple flowers tattooed on Marco’s right forearm. the tattoos are actually the representation of Japanese culture. As per the belief, they are the symbol of holding [powerful secrets and messages. Also, they represent the importance of life and indicate the pureness of the nature of the wearer.

12. ‘Red-Love Heart’ Tattoo

Marco heart tattoo

Tattoo: On his right bicep, there is a red love heart with a banner tattooed. The banner mentions ‘MOM’. Also, we can see the letters D and A, inked on the top and bottom, simultaneously.

Meaning: Red Love Heart is the symbol of love. The tattoo here on Marco’s body is his dedication to love for his mother. The initials actually represent Marco’s LOVE FOR THE TWO LADY LOVES OF HIS LIFE i.e. ‘D’ for Daniele, his wife, and ‘A’ for his mother i.e. Anna Inzaina.

13. Left Arm Tattoos

Marco left bicep writing'

14. Left Forearm Tattoos

Marco left forearm design tattoo

Tattoo: There are multiple tiny tattoos that are inked on his left forearm that are the pure representation of the Japanese culture and heritage. They are symbolic of the positivity, fresh beginnings, and hope in life while leading towards your future goals.

15. Leg Tattoo


16. ‘LION’ Tattoo

Marco LION Tattoo

Marco roman numerals tattoo

Tattoo: On his left forearm, Marco has got the word, LION inked along with roman numerals that can be read as, ‘XIX VIII MCMLXXIII’.

Meaning: The tattoo actually represents Marco’s birthdate and sun sign. The date is represented via roman numerals which when converted into numbers reflects the day he was born i.e. 19 August 1973. LION represents his sun sign since he is ‘LEO’ and it is reflected by LION.

17. Portrait on Right Pec

Marco portrait on chest

18. Portrait on Stomach 

Marco portrait on stomach

Tattoo: On the left side of his stomach, there is a portrait of a child inked. The tattoo is obviously of one of his three children, named, Anna, Davide, and Gianmarco.

19. Italian Writing

Marco quote on bicep

Tattoo: There is Italian writing on the inner side of his right bicep that can be read as, ‘SE PUOI RISOLVERE UN PROBLEMA, PERCHÉ PREOCCUPARSI? E SE IL TUO PROBLEMA NON PUO’ ESSERE RISOLTO, A CHE SERVE PREOCCUPARSI?’


20. Red Lips Tattoo 

Marco red lips tattoo

Tattoo: Red lips are tattooed on the right side of Marco’s neck.

Meaning: The tattoo is the symbol of romantic gestures between loved ones.

21. Right Forearm Tattoo

Marco right forearm tattoo

22. ‘Valentino Rossi’s helmet’ Tattoo

Marco right pec tattoo

Tattoo: On his right shoulder, Marco has got the tattoo of a helmet inked.

Meaning: This helmet is a special one as it represents the helmet of Valentino Rossi. Valentino is a famous Italian professional motorcycle road racer. He is considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all times owing to his outstanding victories and skills.

23. Jordon Shoes’ Tattoo

Marco shoes tattoo

Tattoo: On his upper right bicep, Marco has got three Air Jordan 1 shoe tattoos inked in shades of yellow, red, and blue, respectively. Marco holds a special connection with the Jordon Brand. He has a sneaker obsession owing to which he also has a shop in Milan, Space23.

24. Portrait on Right Shoulder

Marco shoulder tattoo

25. Skull Tattoo


Tattoo: On the outer side of his upper right arm, Marco has a tattoo of an artistic skull inked.

Meaning: Skull is the symbol of death and evil. However, it is also believed to be the symbol of showing one’s attitude of being able to overcome the hard times of life with courage and strength.

26. Multiple Colorful Skulls and Snake Tattoo

Marco skulls and snake tattoo

Tattoo: Marco’s love for spooky things has led him to get multiple skulls tattooed on his body.

27. ‘Spider Web’ Tattoo

Marco spider web tattoo

Tattoo: There is a spider web inked on Marco’s right elbow.

Meaning: Spiderweb tattoo actually symbolizes the time spent by the person in the jail. however, that is not the case always. Spider is the symbol of good luck and wealth.

28. Stars on Shoulders 

Marco star tattoos

Tattoo: There are two starts tattooed, on eon each of Marco’s shoulders. The tattooed star on the right shoulder contains the number 10 whereas, the tattoo star on his left shoulder contains the number 8.

29. Writing on the abdomen

Marco stomach design

30. Jesus Christ Tattoo

Marco stomach figure tattoo


Tattoo: There is a big tattoo of Jesus Christ inked on the center of Marco’s stomach. The tattoo actually symbolizes Jesus Christ on the crucifixion.

Meaning: the tattoo tells us that Marco is a Christian and this ink on his body is his way of showing respect for the sacrifice which was made by Jesus Christ, the Supreme Power/God of Christians. Jesus Christ had sacrificed his life for the sake of humanity.

31. Stomach Tattoo

Marco stomach ink

32. Thigh Tattoos

Marco thigh tattoos

Tattoo: On his right thigh, Marco has got the roaring lion inked with few lines inked under it. Whereas, on his left thigh, there is a trophy inked along with the city’s name.

Meaning: The trophy represents the World Cup trophy that is tattooed on his left thigh and mentions the date ‘09 07 2006‘ and the German city (written in Italian) where the Italians faced a memorable victory when Marco had converted his penalty. Whereas, the roaring lion is the symbol of power, authority, courage, and strength.

33. Tribal Sun Tattoo

Marco tribal sun tattoo

Tattoo: There is a small tribal sun inked on Marco’s left shoulder.

Meaning: The tribal sun is the symbol of reflecting the partnership Of life and the sun. It also symbolizes leadership, strength, light, and creativity.

34. Waist Tattoo

Marco waist tattoo

35. Italian Writing

Marco writing on forearm tattoo

“I am having a Japanese geisha drawn by my close friend John Richmond. I like to have tattoos dedicated to my friends: I have a phrase from Vasco Rossi; Valentino Rossi’s helmet; a phrase of Giuliano, the leader of the Italian band Negramaro; one of Mourinho. I would like to also have one of Michael Jordan, but while I’m waiting for that, I’ve got a tattoo of his shoes.”

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