On July 14th Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor will turn 31-years-old and in honor of his upcoming birthday, we're taking a look at his notorious tattoo collection. In addition to being one of the most recognizable sports figures in the world, McGregor has some pretty memorable tattoos that tend to drum up conversation—whether you love or hate them.
McGregor's most talked about tattoo is his chest piece, which is an American traditional silver back gorilla wearing a crown and holding a human heart in its mouth. The design was inspired in part by the imagery in coach John Kavanagh's gym, Straight Blast Gym.
Directly below McGregor's gorilla chest piece, he has his own last name across his sternum. This script corresponds with the word "Notorious" on his lower stomach, a nod to his nickname in MMA world. And between these pieces, he has a color realism tiger head. McGregor got this piece on a whim during a trip to Venice, saying "I said 'f*** it, I'm gonna get a tiger...' I think it's a courageous animal."
Next, McGregor has a cluster of tattoos on his left forearm, which range from script to traditional flash designs. These tattoos include several roses with a pocket watch displaying 3:35pm, a dagger through another rose, a small stick figure near his elbow, a gentleman wearing a top hat, and lastly, the phrase "slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
Then we move on to McGregor's back, which begins with a winged crucifix at the base of his neck. From the crucifix, he then has a helix of thorns descending down his spine.
Last, and possibly least, while in Ayia Napa, McGregor got an arabic word tattooed on the back of his calf while intoxicated. And the most interesting part of this design is that he doesn't know what it means. "This was my first, when I was drunk... I got it in Ayia Napa for €20. It could mean anything." People have gone on to translate the tattoo, which says "Cancer," which happens to be McGregor's star sign.
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