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The Special Meaning Behind All of Jason Momoa’s Tattoos

gold coast, australia   december 18 jason momoa attends the australian premiere of aquaman on december 18, 2018 in gold coast, australia photo by chris hydegetty images
The Special Meaning Behind Jason Momoa’s TatsChris Hyde - Getty Images

At this point, we're used to seeing Jason Momoa casually chilling out shirtless with a buncha tattoos. He was covered in painted body art while playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, and also had a ton of tattoos playing Aquaman in, uh, Aquaman. So, what's the tattoo situation when camera's aren't rolling? In real life, Jason also has a lot of tattoos—and all of them are super meaningful. In fact, for Aquaman the hair and makeup team were inspired by a significant design he already has on his arm, and used it as the jumping off point for Aquaman's full body-covering design.

Jason opened up to a fan about the original tattoo during a Q&A, saying "it's our aumakua, my family crest, it's our guardian." He went on to explain that "it’s supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in, but we’re still working on that." Obviously, this backstory makes the fact that Jason's tattoo was incorporated into Jason's most iconic on-screen character even more special. But it's just one of a ton of other super personal tattoos the actor has.

We're counting eight tattoos that we know about, and along with his family crest, other notable tattoos festooning Jason's bod include his kids' names, a shoutout to a late friend, the names of both his production companies, and a bunch more. Check 'em out here

At this point, we’re used to seeing Jason Momoa casually chilling—shirtless, of course—with a buncha tattoos. Not only was he covered in painted tattoos while playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, but he was also decorated with a ton of ink for the role of Aquaman in, uh, Aquaman. So what’s his tattoo situation when the cameras aren’t rolling? Real-life Jason, as it turns out, has a lot of tats across his whole body—and all of them are super meaningful. In fact, the Aquaman makeup team appears to have been so inspired by the real tattoo Jason has on his arm that they went ahead and used it as the jumping-off point for Aquaman’s full-body designs.

Jason opened up to a fan about the tattoo in question during a Q&A, saying, “It’s our aumakua, my family crest, it’s our guardian.” He went on to explain that “it’s supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in, but we’re still working on that.”

Obviously, this backstory makes the fact that Jason’s tattoo was incorporated into his most iconic onscreen character even more special. But it’s just one of a ton of other super-personal tattoos the actor has. We’re diving into the meanings behind Jason’s eight tattoos (eight…that we know about 😏), including his kids’ names, a sweet shout-out to his late best friend, the logos of both of his production companies (why stop at just one, you know?), and a bunch more.

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