Virat Kohli’s 12 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Virat Kohli is an Indian Cricket player. He is known for his aggressive batting style and often called ‘Run Machine.’ He remains in media for his performance. Kohli has also been the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He has several tattoos over his bodies. Let us check them out.


1. GOD’S EYE Tattoo


God Eye tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: The first tattoo on his left shoulder is ‘God’s eye’.

Meaning: About its specialty, Kohli explains “I call it God’s eye. So, basically, the all-seeing eye. That everything that’s happening is being watched and there’s someone always keeping a count of everything that you do. So that makes you feel connected in a way and also, that makes you understand the essence of life and what we need to do as human beings and what our eventual goal is.”

​2. Japanese Samurai Tattoo


Japanese Samurai tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: A Japanese Samurai warrior with a raised sword is tattooed on his upper left arm.

Meaning: He says this is one of his favorite tattoos. The Samurais were depicted as the warriors of pre-modern Japan who believed in living a life based on loyalty to one’s master, self-discipline, and respectful, ethical behavior. Virat Kohli believes that he gets his strength from this sword inked and has studied self-discipline and self-constraint from Samurai.

3. ‘175’ Tattoo

175 Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: Next tattoo inked on his left arm is of his ODI cap number 175.

4. ‘269’ Tattoo

269 tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: On his upper left hand, his Test Cap No. 269 is inked.

Meaning: Speaking about its importance, he says, “These numbers will always remain with me because when you look back at the charts 200 years from now, in front of these numbers, there will be my name. These will always be special numbers and hence I decided to get them.”

5. His Mother’s Name Tattoo

Saroj Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: On his upper left arm, his mother’s name, ‘Saroj’ is inscribed.

6. His Father’s Name Tattoo

Prem Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: His father’s name is also inscribed on his left hand.

Meaning: He has been supported hugely by his father and mother throughout his life. He has a special respect for his parents in his heart. He got their names inked on his hand.

7. Lord Shiva Tattoo

Lord Shiva Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: The Lord Shiva Tattoo on his left forearm.

Meaning: Virat is a worshipper of Lord Shiva. So, he has a tattoo of Lord Shiva with meditating image of him on Mount Kailash near Lake Mansarovar.

8. Monastery Tattoo On Shoulder

Monastery Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: He has got a Monastery inscribed on the left side of his shoulder.

Meaning: The monastery tattoo on his shoulder, is a symbol of a place of peace and power.

9. Scorpio Tattoo


Scorpio Tattoo

Tattoo: Scorpio Tattoo on his upper right arm.

Meaning: Virat Kohli has inked a Scorpio, which is his Zodiac sign, written on his right bicep. 

10. OM Tattoo on Shoulder

Om Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: Religious letter in Hinduism, ॐ (OM) is just near the God’s Eye tattoo on his shoulder.

Meaning: According to Kohli, it is a symbol of spiritualism. The Om symbol, which is the universal sound, which is probably the most consistent thing in the whole universe. “I’ve started to understand that now… So, I have started to realize strongly that I’m meant to be where I am and this is not random,” said Kohli.

11. Tribal Tattoo

Tribal Tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tribal art tattoo of Virat Kohli

Tattoo: Tribal Tattoo on his right forearm.

Meaning: Virat Kohli has this tattoo inked which has an ‘F’ in the middle that represents ‘faith’. This tattoo was made in 2007 and was also his first ink. However, later in an interview, Virat revealed that this was not the correct meaning and he got this tattoo while randomly strolling on MG Road, Bangalore. Because he was ashamed of his tattoo, he made up the meaning of ‘faith’ which he carried for almost 6 years until he got this ink covered up.

12. Dot Work Tattoo on Left Arm

Virat Kholi's tattoo             Virat Kohli getting Inked at Aliens Tattoo

Sunny Bhanushali of Aliens Tattoo, known for his expertise in geometric and dot work style, recently inked a new addition on Virat Kohli’s left arm. The entire process took over 12 hours and spanned across two sessions. The tattoo symbolizes Kohli’s spiritual beliefs and represents the interconnectedness of all things, the source of creation, oneness, the structure of life, and the source of all things. Explaining the meaning of this tattoo, he said, “He wanted to cover up his old tattoo with a new one. A new tattoo that would reflect his spirituality, something that would represent the interconnectedness of all things and the source of creation itself, something which depicts higher ones and oneness, the structure of life, the source of all.”


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