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Ryan Garcia’s Tattoos: Do They Have Any Deep Meaning?

Published 04/19/2023, 2:41 AM EDT

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Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Garcia remained unbeaten after knocking down Javier Fortuna on July 16, last year. The orthodox boxer is off to a historic clash this month that may chart the course of his future campaigns. His Hollywood looks that gallop on the back of superb boxing skills has caught the fancy of a simmering mass who wants to know more about his life and lifestyle.

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One of the most common facets of Garcia that have become a talking point among boxing followers is the amount of money he made over the years. In addition, the glitzy pictures showing him surrounded by high-end cars add to the overall aura. Many fans would prefer enhancing their knowledge of one of his latest acquired tastes, striking tattoos that adorn his upper torso and hands.

Ryan Garcia’s tattoos: What does the star boxer think about inking his body?


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Before reviewing the varied tattoos on his body, it would be interesting to understand the thought process of the beholder. Interestingly, according to an article on TMZ, Garcia is insecure whenever fans and followers close peruse and comment on his body artwork. Last year, @JomboyMedia shared a two-minute clip of an interview with ‘KingRy.’ 

He also read some fan reactions that included a comment on his tattoo, “All that money and Ryan Garcia’s tattoos look like he downloaded them off 2k.” Though he laughed it out loud, Ryan Garcia admitted to being at the mercy of onlookers who might judge him and put him on the spot. He said, “Yo, I’m so insecure about my tattoos!Let’s review a few of the most well-known tattoos the young boxing superstar often displays.


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Ryan Garcia’s tattoos and their meanings

‘Warrior’ tattoo on his left shoulder – Reportedly, his first tattoo decorates his left shoulder. In his words, it symbolizes what ‘Ryan Garcia’ is about. Since he is a ‘warrior,’ a tattoo should speak aloud in likeness. “The first tattoo I ever got is this was the warrior one; that’s just what I am. You understand what I am saying,” he said.

‘Lion with Crown’ Tattoo – The ‘Lion with Crown’ started gracing his left pectorals on January 8, 2021. Reportedly done by renowned tattoo artist Dr. Woo, it denotes the qualities closely resembling the traits of a Lion, the ‘King of the Jungle,’ such as bravery, strength, and power.

‘SHOCK THE WORLD’ Tattoo – The next tattoo the California-born boxer adores is the ‘SHOCK THE WORLD’ Tattoo. As the very words express, it means to go ahead and do something that jolts the wits out of everyone’s mind. Ryan Garcia said, “I got the tattoo of another message, ‘Shock the World.’ Doing things that people don’t think you could do.

Tattoo near his left wrist – A mysterious candidate among the bunch, Ryan Garcia, reportedly said that it mimics his nature. It often leaves people bewildered, and on his part, the Californian allows them to form their views around it. If someone can decipher the meaning behind the tattoo, he is okay with that. “…I said I’ll let you guys guess what this means, and if anybody could figure it out, I’ll let them figure it out,” Garcia said.

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Cross Tattoo – Ryan Garcia comes from a religious background. Receiving his baptism in 2021, he displays his seriousness about his belief systems and has a ‘Cross’ tattoo on his right forearm. He said about the ink, “The cross [tattoo signifies] the strength, the power in my right hand. Don’t underestimate the left one either, as it too has got that power.


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Dove Tattoo – The ‘Dove’ on his left pectoral is the universal symbol of peace. Reportedly, another work of art contributed by Dr. Woo on February 25, 2021, to Garcia corresponds to the holy spirit. He said, “I got dove on my body that represents the holy spirit that guides me.

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‘Laurel Crown’ Tattoo – Virtues such as nobility and triumph have, from times immemorial, been illustrated by laurel leaves. Hence a laurel wreath or crown invites immediate respect as it connotes a person’s achievements. Given he has achieved so much in his twenty-four years, Ryan Garcia must have deemed it fit to celebrate the feats and once again instructed Dr. Woo to ink it around his neck. The venerable tattoo artist accomplished it on February 25, 2021. What’s your take on Ryan Garcia’s tattoos? Do share your views and opinions with us in the comments below.

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Jaideep R Unnithan

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Jaideep Unnithan is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With over 400 articles authored at ES, Jaideep has built a reputation for diving deep into stories and producing detailed reports. Jaideep's passion for the sport of boxing was ignited when his father shared his experience of watching Ali vs Frazier live in the US.

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