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Brock Lesnar tattoos: What do the tattoos on his chest and back signify?


We take a look at the Beast Incarnate's chest and back tattoos and analyze them.

Lesnar sports a scary sword tattoo. What is the significance of it?

Brock Lesnar is considered one of the most dominant athletes in combat sports history. UFC commentator Joe Rogan has even praised Lesnar by saying he simply has “superior genetics”. The context of the comment was looking at Lesnar’s botched shooting star press against Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XIX, and Rogan said that had it been anyone else, they would’ve either been dead or paralyzed. But Lesnar being the freak athlete that he is, managed to finish the match by lifting Angle up and hitting him with an F-5.

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Lesnar sports impressive tattoos as well. On his chest, he has a sword that points upwards towards his neck. Lesnar, in his 2011 autobiography titled Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival, Lesnar explained the meaning behind his tattoo:

I felt like life was holding a sword right up against my throat, so I went under the ink gun because I never wanted to forget exactly how I felt at that time. The tattoo on my chest has so much meaning to me. In some ways, it’s funny, because the period of my life that I’m talking about is a time I so want to forget, but I know I can use this memory as motivation.

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The context of this he was referring to was the period of time when he was embroiled in a legal dispute with WWE when they prevented him from competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling due to his Non-Compete clause. Because Vince McMahon wasn't allowing him to work for NJPW, Lesnar felt as if a sword was being held to his throat, and on a drunken night, he decided to get the tattoo.

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For viewing pleasure, New York artist Jimmy DiResta recreated the tattoo into real life. Here is how it looks. Skip to the end of the video to see the legitimacy and scariness of the sword:

The next interesting tattoos of Lesnar are on his back. Here is a look at them:

Lesnar has been ambiguous about his back tattoos

The first tattoo as seen above is a large demonic skull. While Lesnar has not revealed the true meaning of the demonic skull tattoo on his back, it can be assumed that it is a symbolism for himself and his persona.

Below that is a tattoo we barely get to see as it’s generally covered up by Lesnar’s trunks. It’s a simple yet strong message that reads ”Kill ‘Em All”.  While some have suggested it is self-explanatory to the man himself, but given that Metallica’s song “Enter Sandman” was his UFC entrance music, the tattoo may also be a tribute to the band’s first album in 1983 titled Kill ‘Em All.

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