Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista is covered in tattoos. This week, GQ released a video of the actor talking through his inkwork. It included a tattoo Bautista has on his thigh of an Irish actor that he admits feeling a “little embarrassed” about.
Bautista also revealed he had one tattoo covered up because it was linked to someone who subsequently expressed homophobia. Bautista is a staunch LGBTQ ally. He spoken before about his lesbian mom.
But first… that awkward tattoo.
Bautista said that he saw a photo of Cillian Murphy as the character Thomas Shelby.
“I found this really cool picture that I love and I always wanted to do this,’ Bautista explained, pulling up his shorts to show the prominent tattoo on his thigh. “‘Gentleman Hooligan’. ‘Cause it kind of always felt like who I was.”
“I found this cool picture and it was of Cillian Murphy from Peaky Blinders,” he continued, “and I asked John [his tattooist] 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.”
The problem? To most casual observers, it still clearly looked like Cillian Murphy.
“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’,”’ Bautista said.
“Well, yeah I guess I do,” he confirmed with a chuckle. He added that he was a “fan” of the 46-year-old Irish man.
“So, you know, a little embarrassed but not ashamed. So Cillian, there you go. Your face is tattooed on my thigh.”
Dave Bautista covered up a tattoo as it reminds him of homophobic, former friend
About the tattoo he had covered up, Bautista pointed to some inkwork on his inner arm.
“This one used to be a team logo, I was part of a team of a person I considered a friend and someone I really looked up to,” he explained.
“And then he later came out publicly with some anti-gay statements and turned out to be an extreme homophobe.”
Bautista said, “I had a huge issue with it – it’s a personal issue with me, my mom’s a lesbian – and I could no longer call him a friend so I had it covered up with this.”
He indicates a day-of-the dead-inspired woman’s face.
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Watch Bautista talk through his tattoos below.
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I’m guessing he’s one of those straight guys who would make an exception for (notably feminine-looking) Cillian Murphy. It’s all good, Dave!
I love you Dave Bautista!! A sexy ally.. keep wearing those speedos!
I’m a fan of Dave’s and here’s a word of wisdom for him: no more tattoos if you can help yourself. The ones you have a fine, especially now that you’ve covered up the homophobes’ faces, but you’ve got enough for a few lifetimes!