Jason Momoa’s Tattoos Explained

jason momoa's tattoos

Are you wondering about the meaning behind Jason Momoa’s tattoos?  If you’ve seen any photos or videos of Jason Momoa, even with his shirt on, you’ll notice at least one very large tattoo of a pattern on his forearm.  Moving on to photos with the shirt off and you’ll notice several more on his chest and forearms and every single one has a special meaning to him.  And now, as of 2019, Jason has fresh ink, which you can read about at the end of this page. Read on to see the meaning behind Jason Momoa’s tattoos and drool over photos of the Aquaman actor with special thanks to POPSUGAR, Men’s Health, Inked Magazine and more.

jason momoa's tattoos


Tattoo #1 – Right outer forearm tattoo that reads “Etre toujours ivre”

jason momoa's tattoos

POPSUGAR: Jason and stepdaughter Zoë Kravitz have matching ink, which roughly translates to “be always drunk.”

Tattoo #2 – Right middle finger tattoo that reads “Diablo”

POPSUGAR: The tattoo, which Jason frequently shows off by flipping off the camera, was in memory of a friend who passed away.

Men’s Health: He also has one on his middle finger, which reads “Diablo” in honor of a friend who died in 2013.

Tattoo #3 – Chest tattoos of his kids’ signatures

POPSUGAR: Jason’s two kids, Lola and Wolf, drew signatures which their proud papa got permanently inked.

FlavaThe Internet has since diverted its attention to the small red tattoo that sits on Momoa’s chest, the tattoo that has since taken over because of it’s beautiful backstory.

Momoa, the proud father of 2 children, Lola, 9, and Wolf, 8, asked his two young cubs to draw their signatures which he has since immortalised on his chest in tattoo form. Momoa also has his left forearm decked out in cultural tattoo and a matching tattoo with his stepdaughter Zoe Kravitz.

In a candid documentary, Momoa explains how much his family means to him; “With them, my dreams finally came true; I’m a father, I found my place, my home…But now my passion for storytelling pulls me away for long periods of time, and that scares me. The nomadic lifestyle that once inspired me, now takes me away from the things I love most. My family.”

Tattoo #4 – Left forearm tattoo of tribal shark teeth

POPSUGAR: In one of Jason’s charming interviews, he revealed that his large forearm tattoo is his family’s crest, which represents their guardian, the shark. “It’s supposed to take the darkness out and bring in the light, but we’re still working on that,” he said of the shark-tooth pattern.

Inked MagazineDuring a 2013 Q&A session at Armageddon Expo in New Zealand, Momoa talked about his forearm tattoo, explaining that the unique triangle ink is a tribute to ‘aumakua, or his family god or crest. In Hawaiian mythology, the ‘aumakua is a benevolent ancestral guardian spirit or protector who has died and come back in a different form to protect the family and, in Momoa’s case, his family’s guardian spirit is a shark. “It’s supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in,” Momoa said of the arm tattoo, which features repeating rows of light and dark triangles representing sharks’ teeth, “but we’re still working on that.”

According to Momoa, the ‘aumakua tattoo is also meant to protect him when he enters the water, which is a good thing, considering his Aquaman character in Justice League is the ruler of Atlantis and the Earth’s oceans, who has the ability to command all sea life. More specifically, the shark-teeth tattoo is meant to show sharks that Momoa is one of their own so they leave him alone. The design of the tattoo obviously means a lot to the actor, and he recently carved a similar pattern featuring rows of triangles into the top of a keg of Guinness, his favorite beer.

Tattoo #5 – Right inner forearm tattoo that reads “Pride of Gypsies”

POPSUGAR: Jason’s production company is also called Pride of Gypsies, which is inspired by the fierce collectiveness of a lion pride and the nomadic, free-spirited element of gypsy culture. “Pride of Gypsies was founded by Jason Momoa in 2010, a tribe of artists & filmmakers with an enthusiastic thirst for creating unique and inventive content, harnessing an atypical approach to production,” describes the company website, which aims to “innovate” and “improve the human spirit.”

BTW, you can check out our Pride of Gypsies Production Company page for more information on Jason’s company.

Tattoo #6 – Small skull below his right thumb

POPSUGAR: Because why wouldn’t you want a tiny, badass skull on your hand? Jason has his priorities straight.

Tattoo #7 – On the Roam logo on his upper right forearm

Jason JUST added this tattoo on May 25th, 2019. It’s the logo for one of his production companies which he frequently does video projects with. He shared the new ink in his Instagram Story.

Tattoo #8 – Lettering across the outside of his left hand

Were not sure about this tattoo just yet, but will be doing research on it. If you know, please drop us an email through our contact us form!

We love all the stories behind Jason Momoa’s tattoos and also don’t mind doing the research of “shirtless Jason Momoa” images to find photos of all these tattoos for you.  Which of Jason Momoa’s tattoos is your favorite?  Comment below.


  1. Rosa

    I miss the explanation of one tattoo, the one that he has in his left hand close to the thumb there is a line with 2 or 3 small points…..

  2. Crisa Angeli Tucker

    The one that he just got I love it and I love him … He is so handsome romantic omg I really have it bad for him …. He is my favorite actor ever love you Jason ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  3. Deb roy

    I think when a man put ink on about the stuff he loves the most whether it be now or in the past to remember. Jason truley shows his love and his passion for the ones he loves and he has a large family and he has enough love to love them all plus still having enough love for the knuckleheads finding time to roam himself and create. I hope you can keep the balance going.

  4. Denise Callahan

    The ones for his children. My son, about Jason age, has some Cherokee blood and has always deeply honored that. His 4 year old son is named WAHYA whick means wolf in Cherokee. We all love his name and the meaning too.


    Hello juste pour votre information sur le Tatouage “être toujours ivre” si s’agit d’un extrait de notre Poète Français Charles Baudelaire et j’ai moi même demander a Jason lors d’une rencontre pourquoi ce tatouage que j’ai aussi moi même sur le bras
    d’une part c’est en Français et pour lui personne ne lit le français aux Etats Unis et d’autre part “être toujours ivre ” pour lui signifie qu’il faut profiter de la vie et être ivre de tout de ses plaisirs et hobbit être a la découvert toujours de nouvelles choses apprécié la vie pleinement.

  6. Simone

    I loved all the explanations. Loved your Instagram. The most perfect. I’m a fan of Momoa and I loved you. Congratulations.

  7. Lee

    If you go by the font used on the diabolo finger tattoo, the one on his left hand reads ‘Dio’ Possibly a nod to the Metal musician Ronnie James Dio? ‘Dio’ also means ‘God’ in Italian? No confirmation, just an observation.

  8. Caren McCreary-Smith

    I thought I heard him say something about one of his tats being a tribute to his grandfather but I was looking away for a second, I know how could I, and didn’t see which one he was pointing to. Did anyone else hear this?


    I do love tattooes! I just ddnt put them for arts sake but actually all of it have their own meaning. Im truly amazed with Jason Momoa’s tattooes..Wow!!

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