Titus B. Welliver is an American actor. He is best known for his role as The Man in Black in the drama series, Lost. He has also appeared as Silas Adams in Deadwood, Jimmy in Sons of Anarchy. He is also the protagonist in the TV series, Bosch. He started his career in 1990 and has appeared in many films over the years as well.
Titus has many interesting inks on his body. He shared his views about tattoos when he was younger saying, “When I was a kid, I saw people with tattoos by and large as out-laws, old sailors, and bikers. People now, however, are no longer negatively stigmatized by having tattoos. It’s a form of self-expression. Some people choose to have them where people can’t see them, and it’s still considered self-expression. So it’s really dramatically changed. Growing up, I believe tattooing was even illegal in certain states.” Let us take a look at his inks and the meanings behind them.
1. Design Tattoo
Tattoo: The right shoulder of the actor has a design tattooed on it that features two koi fish circling around a rock.
Meaning: The tattoo represents his martial arts dojo. The two koi fishes represent strength and fluidity.
2. Surfer Tattoo
Tattoo: Below the tattoo of the koi fishes is a tattoo of a comic book character. His right upper arm has a tattoo of the silver surfer from the Marvel comics. There is also a flower tattooed on Titus’ right bicep and a few words tattooed on the right side of his body.
3. Horse Tattoo
Tattoo: His right arm also has a tattoo of an outline of a horse on it. The words, “So it goes…” are tattooed above the horse as well.
Meaning: This horse tattoo represents the horse from Deftones’ (American band) third studio album ‘White Pony’.
4. ‘Cats and Weapons’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The upper part of the actor’s right forearm has a tattoo of three wildcats on it. The first one is the head of a lion. The second one is the face of a tiger and the third one is the face of a bobcat. The side of his right forearm has a tattoo of a closed fist, followed by a stick, a revolver, and a knife.
Meaning: The tattoo of the animals on his arm is one of many on his body. The face of the lion was later covered up by a rose flower as you can see in the image below.
5. ‘Bear and Wolf’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of the actor’s right forearm has the face of a bear tattooed on it. The letters, “NTBFW” are also tattooed on his arm. There is a tattoo of a wolf on the inside of his right wrist as well. The words, “Lone Wolf” are written above the wolf. The words, “EWA 030305 CBW” are also tattooed in between the bear and the wolf.
Meaning: The tattoo of the bear represents courage and endurance. The tattoo of the letters, “NTBFW” represents the slang, “Not to be fucked with”. The wolf represents loyalty and his love for his family. The letters, “EWA” represent the name of his son, Eamonn Lorcan Charles Welliver. And the letters, “CBW” represent the name of his daughter, Cora McBride Walling Welliver. The numbers, 030305 represent the date of births of Titus’ children.
6. Record Tattoo
Tattoo: The back of his right upper arm also has a tattoo of an old 45 rpm record on it with a yellow symbol.
7. ‘Star’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a blue and black star, on the right wrist of the actor below the head of the bobcat.
Meaning: The tattoo of the star represents bravery and a good direction in life.
8. ‘Words’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There are a few words tattooed on the actor’s left shoulder. The formula, “E=MC^2” is also tattooed on his left arm.
9. ‘Indian, Buffalo, and Silhouette’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left upper arm of the actor has a tattoo of an Indian Chief on it. The words, “EST. 1962” are tattooed next to it as well. There is a buffalo tattooed above his elbow with the words, “In us we trust” tattooed above it. The left forearm of the actor has a silhouette of a dog on it too.
Meaning: The tattoo of the Indian chief on his arm represents his native American heritage. The date near the Indian represents his date of birth, 12 March 1962.
10. ‘Stag and Star’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left forearm of the actor has a tattoo of a star tattooed on it inside a circle. The star is also surrounded by handprints. There is also a stag tattooed on his left forearm, below the star tattoo, and the word, “EDGE” is tattooed on his left wrist.
11. Symbols Tattoo
Tattoo: The side of the actor’s left forearm has a line of symbols tattooed on it consisting of eyes, arrows, and hearts.
Meaning: The tattoo of the symbols represents the words, “I’ll eat you up I love you so.”
12. ‘Eagle’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his left forearm also has a tattoo of an American Bald Eagle on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the eagle represents American Culture.
13. ‘Flag’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his left wrist has a tattoo of an Orange, White, and Green flag on it. There is also a heart with a crown over it surrounded by two hands, tattooed above the flag.
Meaning: The tattoo of the flag on his wrist is the flag of Ireland to represent his Irish heritage. The design of the heart and the crown is known as the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh Ring is a traditional Irish ring that has three parts, the hands representing friendship, the heart representing love, and the crown representing loyalty.
Titus has a few more tattoos on his body that he has talked about but they have not been revealed in any photos yet.