Philippe Coutinho Correia, a Brazilian professional footballer, plays as an attacking midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and the Brazil national team. Philippe made his international debut in the year 2010. After each of his game, he along with his other two lawyer brothers sit together, as per their childhood tradition and, analyze his latest performance on the filed. He developed his football skills during his childhood days when he used to play futsal with his elder brothers. His body is full of amazing tattoos and, we are not surprised to see that. Let us see what meanings do they hold for him.
“Usually related to my family. I have my two daughters tattooed, my wife’s name tattooed, my parents’ names, my brothers’ initials. So the most important tattoos are of my family.”
“A phrase that in Spanish means ‘never stop dreaming’, various ones dedicated to my daughter, one with the name of my wife, as well as my parents’ names.
“The ones related to family are my most important,” explained the Brazil international. “I have the name of my daughter, my other daughter, the name of my wife, the initials of my brothers, and the names of my parents. I need to get a tattoo of the name of my daughter, Esmeralda, here – she’s eight months old.”
1. ‘Since 1992’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Across his shoulder blades, Philippe has got the short phrase inked. It can be read as ‘Since 1992’, inked on his right and left blade, respectively.
Meaning: The tattoo signifies his birth year. Philippe was born on 12th June 1992.
2. ‘Acredite’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm we can see a Portuguese word tattoo as ‘Acredite’.
Meaning: Acredite is a Portuguese word which, when translated to English means ‘Believe’.
3. ‘Anchor’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Behind Philippe’s left ear there is a small anchor inked.
Meaning: Anchor tattoo can have different meanings for different individuals. For a sailor, it means a strong foundation and strength. Whereas, for a tattoo lover anchor tattoo may be assumed as a symbol of peace, passion, hope, and determination.
4. ‘Daughters Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Philippe got the portrait of his second daughter inked on his right bicep. He was so excited about getting her portrait tattooed that even before she was born, Philippe got the baby girl’s portrait inked. The name of his second daughter is Esmeralda Coutinho.
5. Back Tattoo
6. ‘Cross’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left hand’s index finger, we can see a tiny cross tattooed.
Meaning: Cross is the symbol of Philippe’s religious belief and values i.e. ‘Christianity’.
7. ‘Clouds and Stars’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Philippe’s left forearm is covered with dark clouds and few stars.
Meaning: Dark clouds are the way of symbolizing the dark and bad phases of life whereas stars are considered to be the guiding lights and the symbol of guidance for achieving the goals of life. Thus, representing the transition from the difficult phases of life towards the achievement of your life aim and goal.
8. ‘Daughter’s Portrait and Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right forearm there is a portrait of a baby girl inked. The tattoo as bee n done in light-colored colorful ink. Under the portrait, there are lines inked in Latin which can be read as, ‘”famor mars quo tudo”. Followed by this is the name of her daughter inked on the inner side of his wrist as ‘Maria’.
Meaning: Philippe is known to share a very close bond with his daughters. This is his tattoo dedicated to his first child, her daughter, Maria Coutinho. The lines inked in Latin when translated to English mean, ‘Mars is deemed famous’. Hereby, showing how he connected his daughters name to the planet Mars.
“I had it done in Brazil. It hurt a lot – it took five hours to do and was done all in one go!”
9. ‘Diamond’ Tattoo
Tattoo: A small faded tattoo of a diamond is inked on the upper side of his left forearm.
Meaning: Diamond tattoo is the symbol of growth, wealth, integrity, power, and beauty.
10. Family Tattoo
Tattoo: On the left side of his abdomen, Philippe has got a very artistic tattoo inked which shows us a family of four; a father, mother, and their two daughters. Philippe had the tattoo showing only three people i.e. Philippe, his wife, Aine, and his first daughter, Maria. However, on the birth of his second daughter Esmeralda’s birth, he got the fourth member inked as his baby girl on the left. This tattoo symbolizes how close he is to his family.
11. Football with angel wings Tattoo
Tattoo: On Philippe’s left bicep there is a football inked which has been surrounded with angel wings on both sides. This is a very common tattoo among the football players. The idea behind is to show the love for the game and also acts as the symbol of good luck fort he player. Angel wings symbolize protection and growth.
“I want to play good football for a good team and then achieve a level where I am chosen for the national team and can have a good World Cup.”
12. ‘Four Leaf Clover’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right shoulder blade, Philippe has got the four-leaf clover tattoo.
Meaning: Four-leaf clover is deemed to be the symbol of good luck. Each leaf symbolizes faith, hope, love, and good luck, respectively.
13. ‘Grateful’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Across Philippe’s chest we can see a huge tattoo saying ‘Grateful’, inked in italicized font.
Meaning: Philippe’s continuous claims about being thankful for being born to such a loving family encouraged him to get this memorable tattoo done on his body.
14. Symbols on Left Hand
Tattoo: Philippe’s left hand’s fingers are covered with multiple tiny symbols. On the lower part of his fingers, we can see a cross, diamond, signature, and a music symbol tattooed when moving from the index to his pinky. Whereas on his knuckles, we can see the symbols of the playing cards inked as Red of Diamond, Black of Clubs, Hearts in red, and Spade in black on moving from the index to his pinky finger.
Meaning: Cross is the symbol of one’s religious beliefs and faith thus, directing towards Christianity. Diamond, on the other hand, is the symbol of not only the wealth or money but, the inner strength and beauty of the person. The playing cards are considered to be the symbol of good luck. The symbols of four playing cards i.e clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades, collectively are the source of representing the four elements of nature i.e. wind, fire, water, and earth.
15. ‘Be Happy’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the outer side of his left hand there is a tattoo that says, ‘Be Happy’.
Meaning: The tattoo tells us about Philippe’s idea of living his life.
16. Writing on Chest Tattoo
17. ‘Jesus Christ’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the outer side of his left forearm we can see the tattoo of Jesus Christ.
Meaning: The tattoo of Jesus Christ, God of Christians, on Countinho’s body tells us about his religious beliefs and faith, and devotion towards God and his blessings.
18. ‘Never Stop Dreaming’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm, there is a short phrase inked which can be read as, ‘Never Stop Dreaming’.
Meaning: Philippe says that he has high dreams and aspirations which he wishes to achieve throughout his life for the happiness of himself and his family. His motto is set on the fact that an individual should never stop dreaming to live a happy and adventurous life.
“I started having the tattoo done at the beginning of the season and it was finished bit by bit. As players, we need to keep dreaming if we want to reach the objectives we have in mind.
“I see it as a stairway to my dreams.”
19. Left bicep Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left bicep, he has got Fleur-de-lis inked.
Meaning: Fleur-de-lis (a French word), where fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”, is actually a stylized lily. It is the symbol of French origin and symbolizes the French connection. More specifically it is also the symbol of hope and good luck.
20. Outlined woman’s Face Tattoo
21. Lion Face Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm there is a portrait of a lion tattooed.
Meaning: Lion tattoos symbolize Philippe’s own strength, courageousness, and brave attitude towards living his life.
22. ‘Love’ Tattoo
Tattoo: A tattoo on his left shoulder reads, ‘Love’. It is inked in red too.
23. ‘Mickey Mouse’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right ribcage, Philippe got the tattoo of the face of Mickey Mouse.
Meaning: Philippe claimed that his daughter Maria loves Mickey and Minnie and thus, he got the Mickey Muse inked on his body whereas his wife Aine, got the Minnie tattooed on her body.
“I did it (the Mickey Mouse tattoo) with my wife for our daughter. She got Minnie and I got Mickey.”
24. ‘Courageous’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the right side of his neck, Philippe has got the word ‘Courageous’ inked.
Meaning: Again, Philippe’s strong and outrageous personality has been his goal to ink many of his word tattoos on his body.
25. ‘No Fear’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the center of his stomach Philippe has another short phrase inked which says, ‘No Fear’.
Meaning: As we said, Philippe is a very brave, courageous man, who believes in living his life depending upon God’s blessings and direction. Thus, he says he is not fearful of anyone nor his actions make him feel so, and thus, he says he got this tattoo done to remind him of his own fearful nature always.
26. ’08 02′ Tattoo
27. Praying Hands Tattoo
Tattoo: On his bicep, he has got praying hands inked.
Meaning: Praying hands is the most common symbol of a person’s devotion towards God and to seek his blessings. Specifically, Praying Hands is the religious symbol of showing a deep connection with, Jesus Christ and also, to symbolize faith, courage, and love for his family.
28. ‘Red Lips’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his left bicep, Philippe has got the tattoo of red lips inked.
Meaning: Red lips are the symbol of love, and also to mark the gesture of love inflicted upon by your love partner.
29. ‘Rosary Beads’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On Philippe’s right forearm we can see the rosary beads tattoo wrapped around.
Meaning: A person may get the rosary beads tattoo to symbolize their religious faith in Jesus Christ and Mary, to feel protected all the time.
30. ‘Rose’ on left Arm
Tattoo: On Philippe’s left arm there is a rose inked.
Meaning: Rose is the symbol of love, romance, and affection.
31. Rose on chest
Tattoo: There is another rose tattoo that can be seen right above his cleavage.
32. Stomach Tattoo
33. Tattoo on Back
34. ‘Son OF God’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the front of his left leg Philippe has got a tattoo that says, ‘Son OF GOD’.
Meaning: Philippe, considered himself to be a highly blessed child, he says he is grateful for what he has in his life and, this is all because he is the special child of God. This is why he wears this tattoo on his body.
35. ‘Pair of sparrows’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his chest, there is a pair of red and black colored sparrows inked.
Meaning: Pair of sparrows are the symbol two facts, one, the ending of a journey and, second, the newfound love. Sparrows are the symbol of love, hope, and also to mark the times of overcoming hardships and achieving victories.
36. ‘Stars and Dark Clouds’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There are few stars and dark clouds seen covering his left upper arm.
Meaning: Dark clouds are the way of symbolizing the dark and bad phases of the past whereas, on contrary, starts are the guiding lights. They denote the purity and the fight against the darkness. Thus, dark clouds and stars are two contrasting aspects that represent the transition from the past bad times into a hopeful good future.
37. Quote on Left Ribcage
38. Thigh Tattoo
Tattoo: On his thighs, there is a tattoo that can be read as, ‘Positive Mind’, inked on his right and left thigh, respectively.
Meaning: Philippe says that this tattoo is a reminder for himself that he needs to have a positive outlook towards each task, during each hour, and each day of his life.
39. Wrist Tattoo
40. Arabic Writing on Chest
41. ‘Familia’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the nape of his neck, Philippe has got the word, ‘Familia’ tattooed. It stands for Family and thus, this is another of his tattoo dedication for his love for his family.
42. ‘Butterfly’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his left forearm there is a big butterfly tattoo.
Meaning: The butterfly is a symbol of transformation and faith. However, they can also be used to symbolize love and the beginning of a new phase of life.