England cricketer Ben Stokes is no stranger to tattoos and adding to his already glamorous list of inks, the 27-year-old all-rounder has gotten a giant portrait of Lion’s pride on his back.
Talking to Instagram, Stokes showed off his latest piece of art which has a Lion, a Lioness and two cubs, representing himself, his wife Clare Ratcliffe and two children, Layton and Libby. Styled by artist Mel Blyth, The Sun quotes this giant piece of flair took as much as 28 hours for completion.
Talking about his ink, Stokes captioned his image and said, “Tattoos aren’t everybody’s taste. But they are mine.”
“All my tattoos mean something to me personally and are very special to me. My most resent one represents me, my amazing wife @clarey11 and my 2 wonderful kids.”
“We will always be together now when I’m away touring. 28 hours of pain and it’s finally finished. @mel_elixirtattoos thank you so much for your amazing work I’m over the moon with it. #family”
Stokes’ right arm is covered with inks, which includes lyrics from Drakes’ song “Shot For Me” followed by his kids’ names. Apart from that, Maori symbol, which reflects his heritage, has also been incorporated on the other arm. Furthermore, there’s a design of a phoenix rising from the ashes from his right forearm which – in his own words – represents “that if it gets put down, it gets back up and comes back stronger.”
Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand and was raised in Cumbrian, England. In order to highlight his upbringing, he has a silver fern symbol on his left arm.