Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi nick named Nicolas Otamendi currently plays as a center-back for the Portuguese Primeira Liga club Benfica and the Argentina national team. He is a famous Argentine professional footballer. During his childhood, Otamendi loved playing football and boxing. However, when he grew, he decided to go ahead with football as his career. He began playing from a local Argentina club named, Velez Sarsfield. Following the trend of football players, Nicolas also wears multiple body tattoos. Let us explore them.
‘I started to let the beard grow at Valencia and I just liked it, so since then, it has become a big part of my personality, just like those tattoos, ‘ Otamendi said.
‘People always ask me about them. I had my first done when I was 14 and each one has some significance to it.
1. ‘Sitting Boy’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of s small boy sitting on the ground inked on Nicolas’ left shoudler.
‘My brother and my children are on there, and the face of my grandfather too.
‘Most are personal, but if I see a design which catches my eye, I will go for it.’
2. Back Tattoos
Tattoo: Covering the upper portion of his back, we can see multiple portraits inked. Also, there is a tattoo of VIKINGS.
Meaning: The portraits as shown and marked in the above image are of the characters of television serials. These are the portraits of his favorite character from his favorite TV shows Breaking Bad, Peaky Blinders, and the Vikings. The tattoo shows images of Walter White from the series Breaking Bad (the role that was originally played by Bryan Cranston) and Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders (the role that was originally played by Cillian Murphy).
3. ‘Roaring Bear’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left pec, there is a big portrait of a roaring bear inked.
Meaning: Bear symbolizes protectionist anger. Bear tattoos are often linked up with power and strength. Also, they are the symbols of courage, trust, spirituality, resistance, strength, protection, and also show the deepest connection with nature and the environment.
4. Chain Tattoo
Tattoo: there is a chain wrapped around Nicolas’ left bicep.
Meaning: Chain tattoo may represent defeat, downfall, times spent in prison, and all such negativity. However, some people also believe them to be the token of freedom, and independence, which is certain for both, internal, physical, and mental strength.
5. ‘Pocket Watch’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the outer side of his right upper arm, Nicolas has got the tattoo of a pocket watch.
Meaning: Pocket Watch is considered to be an important token of showing the important event/time of your life. Also, they may represent the love for marking a particular moment or time for someone who is a loved one and is, either ill or is no more. Pocket watch tattoos are considered to be highly personal to the person wearing them on their body.
6. ‘Blue Clouds’ Tattoo
7. ‘Flying Dove’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Nicolas’ right elbow is covered with a flying dove bird tattoo along with the rays of the sun spread all over.
Meaning: A flying dove is the symbol of freedom, and free will, and desire to travel and live independently. It is believed that the people who get this tattoo are true lovers of total freedom in their lives, they regard it over and above everything around them. Now we can guess this hidden trait of Nicolas too.
8. Roaring Tiger Tattoo
Tattoo: Covering his right hand is the tattoo of a roaring tiger.
Meaning: The roaring tiger is the symbol of danger, strength, courage, and power. The choice of this tattoo obviously shows us that Nicolas is a daring person who believes in fighting back at every moment be it in the field or, in problems that attack him in his personal life. The roaring tiger represents the capability of the wearer to stand for his rights in every phase of his life.
9. ‘Portrait of Jesus Christ’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Covering his left thigh, there is a big tattoo of the portrait of Jesus Christ.
Meaning: Portrait of Jesus Christ on Nicolas’ body tells us about his religious beliefs and faith. Jesus Christ is the God of Christians. The tattoo tells us that Nicholas is a Christian and holds deep faith in Jesus Christ and Christianity.
10. Landscape Tattoo
Tattoo: Covering his shoulder blades, we can see the tattoo representation of a jungle/natural wildlife with trees and birds on his right shoulder, and pine trees spread over his left shoulder.
Meaning: The above tattoo shows us Nicolas’ love for nature and natural surroundings. Pine trees represent the persons’ capability to endure the difficult phases of life and grow and adapt to changes accordingly. It shows his courage to tolerate all problems of life and take in- what life has to throw at him at every upcoming higher stage of life.
11. Left Bicep Tattoo
12. ‘Norse Flower’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Norse flower Tattoo on the back of his neck.
Meaning: This red flower is the design adopted as per Norse Mythology. As per the Norse Mythology and its beliefs, this tattoo is the symbol of fresh beggings and new phases of life.
13. Portrait of Virgin Mary Tattoo
Tattoo: Covering the major portion of his left inner forearm, there is a beautiful portrait of the Virgin Mary inked.
Meaning: Virgin Mary is a complete representation of motherly love. The person getting this tattoo is believed to be one who wishes hard to receive unconditional motherly love in life. Thus, representing all of us who wish for a source of guidance. and direction just like that provided by our mothers. It is the symbol of seeking help from the heavens above during troubled times of our lives.
14. ‘Prayin Hands’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Praying hands are inked on Nicolas’ right forearm.
Meaning: Praying hands represented by a pair of hands folded in a form to pray to God are the symbol of Christian faith. As per the belief, they are an important token of remembrance of Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. The tattoo represents the dedication to oneself, one’s family followed by the daring courage to tackle everything with courage.
15. Roaring Lion Tattoo
Tattoo: Roaring lion is inked on Nicolas’ right pec.
Meaning: A roaring lion tattoo is the symbol of daunting and daring nature. It represents honor, valor, strength, power, and nobility. Lion being the king of the jungle represents the wearers’ admiration of being the strongest of all with the capability to endure all pains of life smoothly.
17. Stomach Tattoo
18. ‘VIKINGS’ Tattoo
19. Quote on Right Bicep
20. Writing on the left arm
21. Rosary Beads Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left upper arm, there is a big tattoo of a rosary bead along with a cross pendant.
Meaning: Rosary Beads and cross is the symbol of a person’s deepest faith in Jesus Christ and his blessings. The Cross represents the God of Christian i.e. Jesus Christ whereas the rosary represents the Virgin Mary. She is the maternal figure as per the Christian beliefs.
22. Writing on the left shoulder
22. Grandfather’s Portrait on Left Forearm
Tattoo: This portrait is inked on the inner side of Nicolas’ left forearm.
Meaning: As per one of his interviews, it is speculated that the portrait is of Nicolas’ grandfather.
23. Rose Tattoo
Tattoo: Rose, the symbol of love, affection, and romance is tattooed on the inner side of Otamendi’s right forearm.