The Coolest Tattoos in WWE History

#1. The Rock | Tattoo: Polynesian tribal half-sleeve | Location: Left shoulder and arm

In 2003, The Rock took a trip to Hawaii to get inked by famous Tahitian tattoo artist Po'oino Yrondi. Three emotional 20-hour sessions later and The Great One now had the most electrifying tattoo in sports-entertainment sprawled across his left shoulder and upper arm. The Rock's tribal design holds a great deal of meaning, with numerous symbols that represent the WWE Champion's struggle, success, spiritual guides and loyalty to his family. The custom tattoo was remarkably composed freehand, with the artist working directly on Rock's skin without a stencil or transfer.
In the documentary "Once in a Lifetime: The Rock vs. John Cena," The Brahma Bull broke down exactly what the intricate skin art means to him. "As detailed and elaborate as this entire tattoo is that I'm very, very proud of, it all comes down to three things: my family, protecting my family and having a very aggressive warrior spirit that you can't hold down. I will continue to fight and overcome."

#2. The Undertaker | Tattoo: Full sleeve of demons & skulls | Location: Right arm

Opponents who take one glance at the demonic ink that covers The Undertaker's entire right arm probably feel like they're stepping one foot into the underworld. While The Deadman's left arm follows a mystical theme, his right arm features tattoos with a variety of frightening demons and skulls. The most recognizable and spellbinding piece on Undertaker's right sleeve is the "Thinking Demon," which was done by famous tattoo artist Paul Booth of Last Rites Tattoo Theatre. With a waiting list that runs thousands deep and regular clientele that includes band members from Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera and The Phenom himself, Booth has mastered the art of macabre tattoos with impeccable shading for more than 20 years. Just as the flame tattoo was Bam Bam Bigelow's staple, we couldn't imagine The Undertaker without his full sleeves of infernal ink. They are indispensable parts of The Phenom.

#3. Jeff Hardy | Tattoo: Full sleeve of roots | Location: Right arm

Jeff Hardy once said he regards his tattoos as his "artistic impulses." His impulse led him in the right direction with the visually stunning roots that weave from his neck all the way down to his right hand.  "The roots are my way of connecting with the earth: The earth's roots carry water like a human's veins carry blood," Hardy explained to WWE.com in 2007. "I thought it'd be something different besides tribal; you know, a lot of guys have tribal [bands]." From his colorful face paint to his innovative maneuvers in the ring, The Charismatic Enigma has always found a way to separate himself from the pack with his artistic style. Hardy's interwoven roots tattoo is further evidence of that style with its fascinating, one-of-a-kind look.

#4. CM Punk | Tattoo: Skull & snake | Location: Chest

To pick only one of CM Punk's pieces to showcase might be an exercise in futility. Practically every inch of The Best in the World's upper body is covered with tattoos, each with its own unique story worth telling. And while Punk's word tattoos such as "drug free" and "straight edge" seemingly attract the most attention due to his image, it's the dangerous combo of skull and snake across his chest that's immediately eye-catching on first glance, partially because of how fresh that ink still is. When asked for his take on getting tattoos, The Straight Edge Superstar once told WWE.com: "Tattoos are like wearing your heart on your sleeve. It's about showing who you are on the inside by showing it on the outside. … Each tattoo you get should have some deep, deep meaning."

#5. Randy Orton | Tattoo: Tribal design | Location: Back and shoulders

One of the points of emphasis for a strong tattoo is how well the lines follow the natural contours of the body. Randy Orton's tribal design definitely accomplishes this by coiling around The Viper's neck, shoulders and upper back. The tattoo also complements Orton's signature full sleeves, which are strewn with various skulls down his arms. Orton, who's had the back piece since his days training in Ohio Valley Wrestling, also makes sure to get his tats touched up once a year — a process that takes about six hours — to prevent any unwanted fading.

#6. Brock Lesnar | Tattoo: Demon skull | Location: Back

On a scare meter of 1-10, Brock Lesnar's back tattoo notches a 10 and then some. In fact, it's arguably the most wicked-looking piece of ink in WWE history. Brock's back tattoo includes a monstrous demon skull with a sword going right through it, and if that wasn't menacing enough, there are two armless hands grasping ice picks on each side of the demon skull. Yeah, it's pretty much evil incarnate. Lesnar also has another large piece — a sword which spans the entire middle of his torso — but it's the back tattoo that has become Brock's insignia on merchandise and the figure that strikes fear into the hearts of all the behemoth's unfortunate opponents. 

#7. Chris Jericho | Tattoo: Iron Maiden's "Eddie" & Lady Justice | Location: Both wrists/forearms

Chris Jericho's transition from a clean-cut bad boy to a full-blown Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla has been an interesting ride, complete with several tattoos to round out the fresh image. Jericho, frontman of the heavy metal band Fozzy, has a pair of visually striking tats of a chain-biting mummy and Lady Justice running up his wrists and forearms. If the mummy looks familiar, that's because it's actually "Eddie," Iron Maiden's ominous mascot which appears on every one of the heavy metal group's album covers. And this tatted version of Lady Justice mirrors the cover art for Metallica's album "...And Justice for All." Another Jericho tattoo worth noting is the winged skull-and-bones emblem on his left arm, a recent addition inspired by the album cover art for Fozzy's latest release, "Sin and Bones."

#8. Batista | Tattoo: Chinese dragon | Location: Back

Batista's moniker in the ring was The Animal. His defining piece of skin art, however, is a fire-breathing dragon that nearly spans the length of his entire back. The huge Chinese dragon is very impressive not only for its scope, but also for its powerful line work across the creature's many scales. The tattoo also does a great job of working with the natural contours of Batista's body by accentuating his hulking trapezius muscles, adding another level of intimidation for the already fearsome six-time World Champion.

#9. Lita | Tattoo: Three-eyed demon | Location: Right arm

Lita is remembered for being one of the most accomplished Divas in WWE history — and also one of the most devious ones. It's fitting, then, that her sinister side is on display with a three-eyed demon tattoo on her right arm. Easily the most noticeable of Lita's tats, the demon appears somewhat reminiscent of the Oni, a brooding creature from Japanese folklore. The four-time Women's Champion decided to get the colorful tattoo as a souvenir while on a trip to Amsterdam because she was a fan of the artist's work.

#10. Edge | Tattoo: Great wave | Location: Left arm

While it's not the most recognizable of his tattoos, the ink on Edge's left arm has the greatest artistic appeal of the bunch, and one that stands out from many other Superstar tattoos. The image of the big wave appears to be directly inspired by "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. The artwork depicts a massive wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, with Mount Fuji visible in the background of the stormy sea. "For me, body art is all about expression," Edge told WWE.com in a 2007 interview. "It's a lifestyle and can serve as a reminder that when my career is done, I'll have a story to tell on my body. And it will be my story of my life on my body."