Anthony Carelli, better known by his ring name, Santino Marella is a Canadian professional wrestler, trainer, web series host, sports analyst, former mixed martial artist, and actor. He competed in the WWE for 11 years and is also the founder of Battle Arts Academy. Santino was best known for his comedic antics on the WWE, which includes being crowned as “Miss Wrestlemania” under an alias, Santina Marella. Santino has won the Intercontinental Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship, and the United States Championship. He retired in 2014 and has been training ever since. Santino has quite a few interesting tattoos on his body. Let us take a look at them and the meanings behind them.
1. Conan Tattoo
Tattoo: The left side of the wrestler’s chest contains a tattoo of Conan The Barbarian on it.
Meaning: He got this tattoo as he feels he connects to the character of Conan. While talking about the tattoo, he explained, “He was born a peasant in a common village and became king by his own hand. I too was born into a simple family and now I’m a WWE Superstar on a journey to become king of my domain.”
2. Dragon Tattoo
Tattoo: The athlete’s right forearm is covered in a tattoo of a Dragon on it.
Meaning: All of his tattoos hold a special meaning for him and the dragon is no exception. Marella explained, “The dragon on my forearm is protecting his treasure just like I protect the things I treasure in my life”. There is another tattoo of a dragon on his body too.
3. Horse Tattoo
Tattoo: The right shoulder of the Canadian contains a tattoo of a tribal design of a horse on it.
Meaning: Marella got this tattoo as the horse represents his personality and nature. Marella revealed, ” The horse above the winged figure is a strong animal that’s very stubborn. A horse won’t settle for anything less than what it wants — just like me.”
4. Angel Tattoo
Tattoo: Below the tattoo of the horse is a tattoo of an angel, with its hands reaching upwards, on the right arm of the wrestler.
Meaning: Santino revealed how this tattoo helps him to reach his goals. He said, “The winged figure on my right arm is like my spirit, always reaching for the top and aiming high.”
5. Japanese Tattoo
Tattoo: The is a line of Japanese characters tattooed on Marella’s left upper arm.
Meaning: The tattoo represents the Judo dojo where Marella received his training of Mixed Martial Arts for 20 years.
6. Dragon Tattoo
Tattoo: There is another tattoo of a dragon on the right thigh of the wrestler.
7. Band Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a band tattoo of a few Japanese characters tattooed around his left wrist.
8. Lion Tattoo
Tattoo: The is a large tattoo of the face of a lion covering Santino’s back.
Meaning: Marella got this tattoo of the lion as his keeper and guardian during his run in the WWE. He said, “That was very painful and took nearly 13 hours to finish. The lion is the king of the jungle, and I have the king of the jungle watching my back as I go through my journey in WWE”
9. Quote Tattoo
Tattoo: The outer side of his left forearm contains the quote, “Rise & Shine” tattooed on it.
Meaning: This is one of the quotes that Marella lives by and also encourages others to do the same.