There is evidence that suggests humans have been creating tattoos as far back as the 4th millennium BC. In fact, the oldest tattooed human skin was found on the corpse of Otzi The Iceman, who perished sometime between 3370 to 3100 BC. Thousands of years later, tattoos are still very much a part of modern society.
People get tattoos for a variety of reason. For some, getting inked is a way to rebel; for others, it is simply a form of artistic expression. Moreover, in many instances, it’s used as a permanent reminder of an event or person.
As we're about discover (or perhaps reiterate for some), not all tattoos are created equal. Furthermore, not all tats are a good idea either.
Today we are going to take a look folks who decided to get some of their favorite entertainers permanently etched into their skin. These fans opted to immortalize their favorite pro wrestlers with some very interesting body art. These die-hard followers decided to make sure they would never forget their favorite sports entertainers by getting some of the most outlandish ink you will ever see.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 15 pro wrestling tattoos that these fans may end up regretting at some point.
16 Hulkamaniac For Life
Hulk Hogan is without question, one of the most recognized figures in all of professional wrestling. He has won multiple world titles, headlined multiple WrestleManias, and also led one of the most notorious factions in all of sports entertainment, the nWo. If you grew up in the '80s, chances are, you or someone you knew was very likely a Hulkamaniac. His All-American persona and upbeat promos helped make him a living legend.
If you’re going to get a tattoo of pro wrestler, then choosing (arguably) the greatest of all time would seem to make sense. However, this giant tat covering the gentleman’s entire back may not have been the best idea. That being said, this is one individual who can quite literally claim that Hulkamania is running through his veins.
15 Apocalypse AJ
Former Divas Champion AJ Lee has an outstanding career in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), prior to abruptly retiring from the sport in 2015. Besides performing in the ring, Lee also served as an air authority figure and was one of the most popular stars in the company at her peak. The 30-year-old is currently married to another retired wrestling star by the name of CM Punk. She all recently released her memoir entitled Crazy Is My Superpower, which ended up being a New York Times Bestseller.
This tattoo is sort of like The Walking Dead meets the WWE. In truth, it actually looks pretty good from an artistic standpoint. However, getting a tattoo of one’s favorite wrestler as a zombie still seems like a bit of an odd choice.
14 Austin's PBR
If there is ever a pro wrestling version of Mount Rushmore, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin would most certainly need to be featured on it. The former world champ was one of the most popular stars during World Wrestling Entertainment’s Attitude Era and was also a key player in helping the company win the Monday Night Wars with rival WCW. His 3:16 slogan, which he created following a match with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, became one of the most popular sayings (and t-shirt designs) ever.
Instead of getting a tattoo of Austin himself, this fans decided to go with a beer can. Interestingly enough, it appears to be a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, which wasn’t the brand Austin was known for drinking. Perhaps this fan just really liked Pabst?
12 The Champ Is Here
In the fictional world of professional wrestling, every athlete’s goal is to win a world title. In recent years, the most prestigious title has been the WWE World Championship. Wrestlers like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair have held this particular belt on numerous occasions. Moreover, some of the greatest performers such as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Scott Hall, and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig went their entire career without ever becoming World Heavyweight Champion.
If you are unable to capture the real title, then getting a tattoo across your abdomen is probably the next best thing…or is it? It’s been said that capturing a championship isn’t as difficult as holding onto it. With that in mind, it’s fair to say this guy will definitely be keeping the gold around his waist.
11 The Babies Of Doom
The Legion of Doom (aka The Road Warriors) were one of the most dominant tag teams professional wrestling had ever seen. Known for their intimidating face paint and spiked shoulder pads; Hawk and Animal came across as two guys a person definitely wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. The duo won championships in seemingly every organization they competed in and are widely considered one the greatest tag teams ever assembled.
This tattoo shows The Legion of Doom looking like a couple of Cabbage Patch Kids. Who would have tought Hawk and Animal could ever look this cuddly? Also, why aren’t either of them wearing any pants? After seeing this image, one has to wonder how the famed tag team would have felt if they ever caught a glimpse of this tat.
10 Oh No!
Known for his flamboyant attire and raspy voice, “Macho Man” Randy Savage established himself as one of professional wrestling biggest stars throughout the 1980s and 90s. The charismatic superstar used his signature top-rope elbow drop to capture multiple world titles over the course of his Hall of Fame career. Folks may also remember Savage as the spokesman for the popular beef jerky known as Slim Jims, as well as that rap album he recorded, where he called out fellow wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.
This multicolor Macho Man tattoo doesn’t show a great deal of detail. That being said, there is certainly no crime in simplicity. However, the female-like bosom doesn’t do the wrestling icon any favors in this instance. It’s fair to say that this probably isn’t the most flattering depiction of Randy Savage we’ve ever seen.
9 Americone Nightmare
During his time working for the National Wrestling Alliance and Jim Crockett Promotions, “The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes established himself as one of the industry’s top attractions in the '70s and '80s. Over the course of his career, Rhodes was able to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on 3 separate occasions. WWE fans from the late '80s through the early '90s will also remember Dusty Rhodes for his flashy attire which featured yellow polka dots. Prior to his death, Rhodes served as a booker and a producer for NXT, WWE’s developmental program.
This tattoo manages to be both clever and slightly creepy. Seeing the American (or the “Americone” in this case) Dream’s head melting over an ice cream cone is little disturbing, to say the very least.
8 Steph Infection
Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and the wife of former world champion Paul “Triple H” Levesque. She is also WWE’s on-screen commissioner for Monday Night Raw and works as the company’s Chief Brand Officer (CBO) behind the scenes. The 41-year-old has established herself as one of the most memorable authority figures on television. Moreover, the wrestling heiress stands to inherit significant control over World Wrestling Entertainment, once her father decides to step down.
Stephanie McMahon is actually an attractive woman in real life, despite what we see here. It was a solid effort, but this didn’t turn out be the best portrayal of The Billion Dollar Princess. Moreover, this is really an odd choice for a back tattoo in the first place.
7 Absolutely Bizarre...
Chris Benoit managed to capture 22 championships over the course of his career in promotions such as World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Despite his many accomplishments, sadly, Benoit is best known for the tragedy involving him and his family that took place back in June of 2007.
One could make a very strong argument that Benoit’s probably isn’t an ideal candidate to be permanently etched into someone’s skin. That being said, merit aside, this is one of the strangest wrestling tattoos you will ever find. It clearly features Benoit’s tights, nickname, and finishing move. Conversely, this bizarre work of art also has a female head and what also appears to be a woman’s chest. This one definitely gets a high grade regarding originality at least.
6 AJ Face Flop
AJ Lee won the WWE Divas Championship on three separate occasions over the course of her relatively short career. In fact, one of her title reigns even lasted an impressive 406 days, which was a record at the time. While the record would eventually go on to be broken by Nikki Bella, her legacy as one of the great female wrestlers of her generation is still very much intact. Lee is still only 30 years old, so it wouldn’t be shocking if come back was in the cards at some point down the road.
If Lee does decide to come back, the fan with this tattoo will likely be very pleased. Unfortunately, that still won’t alter his ink. The body is actually on point in this instance. However, the face looks nothing like that of the former female title holder.
5 Extreme Alligator
Extreme Championship Wrestling (aka ECW) was an upstart promotion out of Philadelphia that helped make the word “hardcore” mainstream. At the height of its popularity, ECW was run by promoter Paul Heyman. The organization had a reputation for being ultra-violent and adult oriented. While major promotions like World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling were presenting a PG-13 product at the time, ECW was taking things to the extreme with barbed wire and scaffold matches. Fans who like their wrestling bloody certainly enjoyed ECW in the late '90s and early 2000s.
This individual was definitely an ECW fans back in the day. However, while Heyman’s promotion was a bit wild, it didn’t feature an alligator wrestling a monkey. Moreover, the alligator would be in big trouble if he tried this today, as chair shots to the head are illegal in most major wrestling companies.
4 The Rattlesnake
If you were a fan of wrestling in the late 90s, chances are you were a fan of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. His no-nonsense persona and disregard for authority figures like Vince McMahon made Austin a character folks could gravitate toward. The beer-drinking redneck persona helped make him one of the most popular wrestlers to ever put on a pair of black boots. Without the presence of Steve Austin, The Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW might have turned out differently.
Austin’s temperament helped earn him the nickname “The Rattlesnake.” This fan decided to pay homage to Stone Cold by getting a tattoo of his head on an actual rattlesnake. Honestly, this tattoo was pretty well done, and the premise is kind of funny. Hopefully, this fan will enjoy it for years to come.
3 It's True
These days wrestling fans know former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle as the current general manager of Monday Night Raw. However, before he became an on-air authority figure, Angle had an outstanding career as an in-ring performer. In fact, he has held the WWE world title on six separate occasions which resulted in his induction into the company’s Hall of Fame in 2017. Angle also had a great deal of success outside of WWE and is six-time Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) World Champion.
This fan decided to take his love for Kurt Angle to next level, by getting a tattoo of the Olympic gold medalist that covers almost his entire back. While the tattoo is certainly interesting, it’s hard not to be distracted by the fact that this guy is wandering around in an airport with his shirt off.
During his lifetime Chris Benoit was a highly regarded in-ring technician and also a former WWE World Champion. The Canadian performed all around the world and was even a member of the famed Four Horsemen stable, which featured legends like Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst, when Benoit committed unspeakable crimes, killing his wife and son before killing himself.
While the tattoo artist may have done an excellent job in this particular instance, given Benoit’s action during the latter portion of his life, he probably isn’t someone that most people would want tattooed on their shoulder. It’s quite possible, especially given the old school WWE logo, that this tattoo was done prior to Benoit committing his crimes. One has to wonder if this person ended up getting the Benoit tat removed.
1 King Of Tattoos
WWE’s Triple H often plays an on-air authority figure, while also serving as an occasional wrestler. At the height of his popularity, Triple H was a member of the famous wrestling faction, D-Generation X, a group that also featured stars like Shawn Michaels, X-Pac, and the 9th Wonder of the World, Chyna. He is also the real-life husband of WWE Chief Brand Officer and wrestling heiress, Stephanie McMahon. The 14-time world champ will no doubt be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at some point down the road.
Triple H certainly has some die-hard fans out there. However, the gentleman in this photo is really going all out with his King of Kings (Triple H’s nickname) tat, along with three HHH-inspired skulls. No one is going to call this guy a casual fan.
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