Dave Bautista is a multi-talented personality, well-known for his remarkable career in professional wrestling and his subsequent success as an actor. Born on January 18, 1969, Bautista first gained prominence in the world of wrestling. With his imposing physique and incredible strength, he became a popular wrestler in WWE. However, Bautista’s journey didn’t stop there as he decided to dive into the world of acting.
Dave Bautista achieved widespread acclaim for his portrayal of the character Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Beyond his on-screen accomplishments, one cannot overlook Bautista’s distinctive appearance, with his chiseled physique adorned with a captivating array of tattoos that add to his rugged charm and unique presence. But little did people know that Drax the Destroyer had an embarrassing tattoo on his thigh.
Dave Bautista Talks About His Tattoos Which Are Filled With Cover-Ups & Deep Meanings
In an interview, the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery star gave a glimpse into his tattoos, which are adored by fans. Bautista’s body is adorned with large works of art, each telling a unique story. However, there are a few tattoos that he admits to feeling a tinge of embarrassment about. Dave Bautista shared that his present body has several cover-ups, which included his first tattoo, which was over his as*, his past girlfriend and ex-wife’s name, and much more.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star have several meaningful tattoos currently to respect his cultural roots, which originated from the Philippines and Greece. One of his favorite tattoos is the portrait of his three old dogs on his right thigh.
Dave Bautista On His Embarrassing Tattoo Of Cillian Murphy
One particular tattoo resides on Bautista’s left thigh—a striking portrait of a young man in early 20th-century streetwear accompanied by the words “Gentleman Hooligan.” Inspired by a picture of Cillian Murphy from the popular show Peaky Blinders, Bautista requested his artist to alter the face to avoid a direct resemblance. However, when he shared the tattoo on social media, fans were quick to identify the uncanny similarity to Murphy. Despite feeling a bit cringe-worthy about the mishap, Bautista still cherishes the piece, acknowledging that he is a fan of the superstar.
“I found this cool picture, it was Cillian Murphy from Peaky Blinders, and I asked John to alter it so it didn’t look so much like Cillian Murphy. And I got it and I thought, ‘Okay, that doesn’t look exactly like I have a tattoo of Cillian Murphy on my thigh.’ But the first time I posted it on my social media, all I got was, ‘Oh my God. You’ve got a tattoo of Cillian Murphy. Well, yeah I guess I do. It is what it is. I’m a fan so, you know, a little embarrassed but not ashamed. So Cillian, there you go. Your face is tattooed on my thigh.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy star also shared that he grew up in the streets and considered himself a hooligan. Despite being grown up in a bad environment, Bautista always remained a gentleman and considerate to others. Thus his tattoo of Murphy along with the words “Gentleman Hooligan” was of great significance.
“It just sums me up. It just really does. I grew up on the street. I was a street kid, I grew up in DC. I was on the street…I was on the street you know I was a Hooligan…I worked in nightclubs, I grew up criminals. I grew up in the environment. I was the product of my environment, I got a bit of trouble. But I was always a gentleman.”
With plenty of blank space remaining on his body, Bautista’s tattoo journey is far from over. As he continues to fill in the remaining spots, his tattoos will serve as a lasting testament to the diverse experiences and chapters of his life.