Ryan Shazier’s 14 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Ryan Dean Shazier, the US-American professional football linebacker from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is known to be a big tattoo lover. Ryan began playing Football in the year 2012 at the Ohio State Buckeyes. His extraordinary skills helped him in earning the title ‘Pro Bowl’ two times in 2016 and 2017. Let us explore his body inks and their meanings.

Ryan Shazier

1. ‘Champion’ Tattoo

Ryan champion tattoo

Tattoo: Towards the center of his right arm, Ryan has got the tattoo of the word, ‘Champion’.

2. ‘Cobra Face’ Tattoo

Ryan chest tattoo

Tattoo: On his left shoulder, Ryan has got the tattoo of the face of Cobra

Meaning: Cobra is the symbol of wisdom, strength, and protection. Generally, Cobra is the symbol of evil and death. However, people also consider it to be the source of representing fertility and as the messenger of God, in some ways. As per ancient times, Cobra was also assumed as the royal symbol.

3. ‘Cross. Praying Hands, and Rosary Beads’ Tattoo

Ryan praying hands and rosary beads tattoo

Ryan cross and praying hands tattoo

Tattoo: On Ryan’s right bicep there is a tattoo of a cross and praying hands. A banner runs down all wrapped around the cross and the praying hands which contains the names as, ‘SHAWN’, ‘VERNON’, ‘JULIA’, and ‘LEE’ inked from the top to bottom.

Meaning: Cross is the representation that Ryan has a strong belief and faith concerning Jesus Christ i.e. Christianity. Praying hands depict his urge to seek Jesus’ continuous blessings and guidance throughout each step of his life. The names thereby are the first names of his family members as, Shawn is the name of his mother, Vernon is the first name of his father, Julia and Lee are nicknames of his partner and son, respectively. Rosary Beads with a cross pendant is symbolic of the fact that Ryan is a Catholic.

4. Date Tattoo

Ryan date tattoo

Tattoo: Ryan has got a date inked on his right inner forearm. The date reads as, ’11-18-2014′.

5. ‘Family first’ Tattoo

Ryan Family First Tattoo

Tattoo: Across Ryan’s chest there is a tattoo that says, ‘Family First’. Under the tattoo, there are four roses inked.

Meaning: Ryan got this tattoo as a symbol of his love for his family. He has two sons whose appearances are seen on Ryan’s Instagram stories frequently. Roses, the symbol of love and affection are another way of showing his relationship and love for his family members.

6. ‘Integrity’ Tattoo

Ryan Integrity tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his right bicep, Ryan has got the tattoo of the words, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Faith’. The words are surrounded by light shaded cloud patterns.

Meaning: Ryan shares a very affectionate bond with his father, Vernon Shazier. He got these words inked as a display of the qualities that he has always been taught by his parents. Ryan said that his father has always taught him about three important principles of Life that are Faith, Integrity, and Discipline.

7. ‘INTERSTATE 95’ Tattoo

Ryan interstate Tattoo

Ryan right bicep tattoo

Tattoo: Ryan’s right bicep is covered with the sign of INTERSTATE  95, ‘U.S. Route 95’.

Meaning: Interstate 95 is the major Interstate highway that runs north to south and connects the major cities of the Eastern United States. Ryan was born in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, United States and thus, this tattoo can be justified as his love for his birthplace.

8. ‘O’ Tattoo

Ryan left bicep tattoo

Tattoo: There is a batch inked on His left bicep with a big ‘O’ inside it. We can also see a 10 number tattooed under it.

Meaning: The batch and the O stand for The Ohio State Buckeyes football, which is a football team that represents Ohio State University. Ryan played for the Ohio State University Football team and his Jersey number was 10. Thus, this tattoo is his dedication to the team from where he started his Football career.

9. ‘Ryan Dean Shazier’ Tattoo

Ryan name Tattoo

Tattoo: Ryan has got his full name tattooed on the outer side of his right forearm as, ‘Ryan Dean Shazier’.

10. Portrait on Right Arm Tattoo

Ryan right arm tattoo

Ryan portrait on right forearm tattoo

Tattoo: On Ryan’s right forearm there is a tattoo that contains the face of a tribal woman and the head of a roaring lion.

11. ‘Praying Angel and Prayer’ Tattoo

Ryan praying angel and quote tattoo

Ryan praying angel tattoo

Tattoo: On his inner left bicep, there is a praying angel inked along with a few lines.

Meaning: The lines have been taken from The Bible, Philippians 4:13. It says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’ meaning to say that the person is able to move ahead in his life and take all his decisions only because he has his guiding angel and his strength i.e. Jesus Christ above him. The praying angel is the symbol of Ryan’s deep faith in God and his blessings. Also, how desperately he seeks to be closest to Jesus Christ.

12. ‘VJ’ Tattoo

Ryan VJ Tattoo Ryan wrist tattoo

Tattoo: Ryan’s right wrist is inked with red-colored letters VJ.

13. ‘SHALIEVE’ Tattoo


Ryan got this tattoo inked as a way of dedicating his love for the support of his fans and loved ones who were the source of his strength when he got severely injured. It had also become an important social media hashtag wave.

Ryan’s tattoo has never been seen publically except for the image that we show above, which

14. ‘Jesus Christ’ Tattoo

Ryan Jesus Christ Tattoo

Tattoo: Jesus Christ tattoo is the symbol of fact that Ryan has a strong belief and faith in Jesus Christ and his blessings. Ryan’s faith in God is visible from his multiple body tattoos that speak of his devotion towards Jesus, Christianity, and his willingness to be closest to God.

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