Zyzz’s tattoo’s have always had a lot of attention, and ultimately that was his goal in having them. They weren’t always as awesome as what they ended up however, and he actually had his arm completely re-done. On the right you can see what the original design looked like.
The final sleeve actually ended up costing him reportedly between two and three thousand dollars, and was much darker and more complex than the original tattoo. It has a tribal undertone, but contains a rather typical Japanese feature of Koi fish, waves and wind-bars. Here is a look at how it ended up:
There has been much speculation as to whether this tattoo actually had meaning to Zyzz, or whether it was purely an aesthetic design he had compiled. Either way, it looks fucking sick.
A more meaningful tattoo that Zyzz had was the tattoo on his chest that said “veni vidi vici”, which Chestbrah later replicated after Zyzz’s death along with the sleeve.
“Veni, Vidi, Vici” translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered”, and is written in Latin. It was written by Julius Caesar in 47BC, while recounting on what went down in a short war that occurred. To Zyzz however, it is a bit of a statement about his life. While short lived, he ultimately did come into this world, see a side of life that many will never see, and he truly conquered – whether you love him or hate him, you sure as hell know of the impression he left not only on the aesthetics and bodybuilding communities, but also on the world.
Zyzz also had a tattoo on his back of an Angel, which has its arms/wings spread right out across the whole length of his back. Here is a photo of it:
Later down the track Zyzz went and continued on with his Veni, Vidi, Vici tattoo, and gave it a completely unique look. He went further with it, making a rose wreath around it. There is once again a lot of speculation as to why Zyzz went and done this, one plausible answer put forth is he was sick of copy-cats, and the fact it had become a very common tattoo. It’s a very commonly referred to phrase. While it may be uncommon to have the exact font and location as Zyzz’s, having just the words simply there has become very common in Italian culture especially. So he may have felt the need to set himself apart. Here is a photo of the finished tattoo:
While the haters have obviously jumped on the tattoos and criticised them, overall there has been an overwhelmingly great amount of fans, and we’ve heard of plenty of people completely copying the tattoo’s and getting them in honour of the great man.
If you’re just starting to learn about Zyzz or getting into bodybuilding in general, I would highly recommend downloading the book he put out. It’s currently free and very helpful for beginners; even seasoned bodybuilders can pick up a few tips! It can be downloaded from the link below for free [limited time only]: