A lot of people are asking about Sergei Polunin’s tattoos. The following information is gathered from various TV and magazine interviews where he talks about his tattoos. On his left shoulder is The Joker from The Dark Knight. On his right shoulder, it says James Dean. He is a fan.
The head is of Igor Zelensky, his mentor, a dancer and artistic director of the Russian theaters Sergei dances at. The scars on his chest and shoulder blade (under which it says “Forgive me, tiger”) are “tiger scratches”.
He loves tigers. It is scarification done by him. He likes scarification, how it looks as well as tattoos. The circle on his chest is a Kolovrat. It is an ancient pagan Slavic symbol representing the sun and it gives energy and light. On his stomach left is a howling wolf. He played “The Wolf” in the Royal Ballet 2009 production of “Peter and The Wolf” at age 19. His front right stomach says “I am not a human, I am not a god, I am hwat [sic] I am”. On his right side is The Grim Reaper cus it’s just cool. On his left side is the Chechen national flag symbol. No association with Chechnya, he just likes the design and is interested in their history. Upper middle back says “Mad House”.
Lower right back is the church of the town he was born in in Ukraine. Lower back left are raindrops raining on the word “memories”. On his wrist is a cross. On his hand is the national symbol of Russia, eagles clutching a shield, because he likes the design. On the inside of his index finger it says “dirty money”. On his foot it says “Achilles” in ancient Greek and on his inner ankle is a gladiator helmet. He loves ancient Rome, ancient Greece and the film “Gladiator” is one of his favorites. He says he just likes designs on skin, particularly the look of Russian prison tattoos.
How tattoos look as well as the process and ritual of getting them are more important than the specific meaning of them, which is personal anyway. He also likes the atmosphere of tattoo parlors.