Martyn Ford’s 24 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Martyn Ford is a well-known bodybuilder with a heavily tattooed body. His life story is quite inspirational as to how he shifted from being a professional cricketer to being the world’s most famous bodybuilder. After an injury in a training session, Martyn suffered from glandular fever which left him to rest for 12 months. It was during these twelve months that he decided to shift to the field of fitness and bodybuilding. He has also been part of famous films like “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “Undisputed 4”. He says it was an outlet for his frustration build-up for not being able to uplift his professional sport which he dreamt of since childhood. Martyn’s body is hugely inked with tribal designs. Let us take a look.

Martyn Ford

“Apart from the scariest man on the planet, I am often addressed as the most humble and entertaining man as well. I enjoy the fame and name given to me’, says the actor.

1. Back Tattoos

Martyn back tattoos

Martyn back tattoos

Tattoo: There are four tiny symbol tattoos inked on Martyn’s upper and lower back. There is an eye of God tattoo on the right side of his back.

Meaning: The Eye of God is the symbol of the fact that God is above us all and is omnipresent. He keeps an eye on each one of us and our every action. It is also believed to represent the ‘faith’, ‘spiritual awareness, and ‘soul’ as per Christian belief.

2. Finger Tattoos

Martyn hand tattoos

3. Forehead Tattoo

Martyn head tattoo

Tattoo: On the top left side of his bald head, Martyn has got a tribal design inked. Interestingly, Tribal design consists of a few alphabets as we can see an ‘A’ on the top.

Meaning: Tribal designs are the most common means to represent one’s culture and heritage.

4. Qualities Star Tattoo

Martyn stomach qualities tattoo

Tattoo: On the right side of his stomach, Martyn has got a five-pointed star inked. Inside the star, there are huge personality qualities inked as, ‘LOVE, HAPPY, SUPPORT, FRIENDSHIP, COMMITMENT, etc.

5. Tribal Tattoo

Martyn tribal design tattoo

Tattoo: Martyn’s lower back is covered with a big tribal design.

6. Family Members’ Name Initials Tattoo

Martyn bicep banner tattoo

Martyn family members initials tattoo

Tattoo: There is a band wrapped around Martyn’s left bicep which includes some alphabets inked inside.

Meaning: The band is the tattoo that is closest to Martyn’s heart. The tattoo contains the initials of his family members tattooed in italicized fonts as ‘M S I W’.  The letters represent his name, his partner Sacha Stacey, and his daughters’ names Imogen & Wynter.

“I have a few very personal tattoos which I got for my family, my children, and my partner. This was initially supposed to be a few tattoos, but my obsession for ink soon got the better of me, and I ended up as you see me today.”

7. Birds Tattoo

Martyn flying birds tattoo

Tattoo: Martyn’s right leg is inked with multiple black-colored birds.

Meaning: Birds are the symbol of freedom, independence, and new beginnings.

8. Forearm Tattoo

Martyn forearm tattoo

Martyn left inner arm tattoo

9. Globe Tattoo

Martyn globe tattoo

10. Qualities Tattoo

Martyn good words tattoo

Tattoo: There are some qualitative adjectives inked on the left side of his stomach. The words tend to represent Martyn’s quality traits. The tattoo includes, ‘Revenge, Loyalty, Respect, Honour, Pride’.


Martyn’s arm is covered with intricate tribal designs. Tribal tattoos symbolize one’s culture and heritage. They also symbolize power, strength, and courage.

11. Tribal Arm Tattoo

Martyn left arm tattoo

12. Tribal Design Arm Tattoo

Martyn left arm tribal tattoo

Tattoo: In one of his interviews, Martyn said that the tribal design is a special one for him. He wanted to have one, but after one his craze kept on rising and thus, his body is now hugely inked. Also, the band on his wrist is inked with the word, ‘GOD’.

13. Left Pec Design

Martyn left pec design

14. ‘Compass’ Tattoo

Martyn mandala compass tattoo

Tattoo: On the upper left arm, Martyn has got the tattoo of a compass inked.

Meaning: A compass tattoo inked in tribal design is the symbol of protection. It is believed to be the symbol of directing your life in the right direction and keeping you from diverting to wrong ways. The compass is also a token of motivation and good luck.

15. Neck Tattoo

Martyn neck tattoo

Tattoo: Martyn’s neck is also covered in the tribal design along with the roses.

Meaning: Rose is the symbol of love and romance.

16. Bicep Writing Tattoo

Martyn power, strength, courage tattoo

Tattoo: On his inner right bicep there is another writing tattoo that can be read as, ‘Power, Strength, Courage‘.

“It all gives me strength to keep going in life.”

17. Tribal Design on Right Bicep Tattoo

Martyn right bicep tribal tattoo

Another intricated tribal design covers the major portion of Martyn’s upper right arm.

18. ‘Quote’ Tattoo

Martyn right pec writing

Martyn stomach star tattoo

Tattoo: On his right pec, Martyn has got a quote inked. The quotation is written by Winston Churchill, ‘Success is not final, failure isn’t fatal it’s the courage to continue that counts meaning.’

Meaning: This famous quote is a source of motivation for everyone. It means that whether success or failure, shall keep coming at every next stage of life, however, what matters is how you overcome each obstacle if you fail, with all the peace, comfort, power, and confidence.

19. Roses on Neck Tattoo

Martyn roses on neck

Tattoo: Martyn’s left side of the neck and the lower head is covered with a bunch of roses.

Meaning: Roses are the symbol of love. romance, and also freshness.

20. Stomach Tattoo

Martyn stomach writing

21. Leg Tattoos

Martyn tattoos on leg

Tattoo: Martyn’s right leg is covered with an immense number of tattoos. However, he has never really talked about them and their relevance. We can see a huge number of birds, a natural scene in form of mountains, and a few more tattoo designs.

22. Thigh Tattoos

Martyn thigh tattoos

Tattoo: On his right thigh, there is a tattoo of a devil’s face, a portrait of a girl, followed by dragon wings on the right side and the word, ‘Faith.’

Meaning: Devil’s face tattoo is the symbol of evil, cruelty, and brutal behavior.

23. Writing Tattoo

Martyn writing on arm

24. Right Arm Tribal Tattoo

Martyn tribal arm tattoo

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