It may be difficult to believe, but there’s historical evidence which indicates that human beings have been getting inked as far back as the 4th millennium BC. The earliest tattoo was found on human skin that belonged to your body that scientist known as “Otzi the Iceman” — that lived sometime around 3100 BC.
While tattoos as an art form have come a long way since Otzi’s time, we also have seen a shift in the way they’re perceived. At one stage time — in the not so distant past — tats where frequently correlated with outlaws or people who live on the fringes of society. But these days, it is not uncommon to see white-collar professionals and even corporate executives wearing some ink.
Another field where we’ve observed an increasing number of tattoos is professional sports. A number of the most famous athletes in the world proudly exhibit some impressive body art, while competing at the maximum level. What may surprise some people (albeit fewer than it would have in years past) is that many of these athletes are female.
These girls are some of the most highly regarded athletes in their respective sports and in many cases are also considered to be one of the most beautiful.
Now it is time to have a peek at 15 female athletes with some the finest tattoos around Earth.
15 Christmas Abbott
Raleigh, North Carolina’s Christmas Abbott is CrossFit athlete who’s well known for sporting some impressive tats. The 5-foot-3 gym enthusiast is also famous for appearing on the CBS reality television show Big Brother and functioning as a member of a Nascar pit crew.
Christmas Abbott is unique because she’s made a name for herself in a number of distinct industries. She’s arguably best known for appearing on Big Brother, where she was able to make it into the season finale — finally finishing 3rd overall in the contest. Outside of being a reality star, Abbott made racing history by becoming the 1st female to work on a NASCAR pit crew. These days she conducts her own CrossFit fitness center and recently announced (last March) that she’s expecting her 1st child.
14 Sydney Leroux
Sydney Leroux is a football player who was born in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Despite being born in Canada, she’s also a US citizen that has made a name for himself while competing as a member of the US national team. The 5-foot-7 forwards has about 15 tattoos, many of which honor her mother, who raised the soccer superstar by herself. Her tats were the subject of the AOL’s series My Bible, back in 2013 — where she discussed them in detail.
As a member of the US national team, Sydney Leroux won Olympic gold in the London Games in 2012. She was also a part of Team USA when they won the World Cup in 2015. Leroux now plays for the Orlando Pride from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Amy Dumas is a professional wrestler from Fort Lauderdale, Florida who plays under the ring name Lita. Her shoulder tattoo, which she exhibited during many her games, was one of her defining characteristics. In reality, an argument could be made that Lita was the first female wrestler with a visible tattoo to become so well known in the business.
Lita is widely thought of as among the most successful female performers in the history of the enterprise. She’s famous for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she was paired with Matt and Jeff Hardy, who are collectively known as the Hardy Boyz. The 5-foot-6 starlet also had an extremely successful singles career where she recorded the WWE Women’s Championship on 4 different occasions.
12 Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson is a mixed martial artist who hails from Gold Coast Queensland, Australia. The 6-foot tall brunette is presently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but has yet to make her debut with the advertising. Anderson’s long, athletic body is covered in many different unique (and highly detailed) tattoos. In actuality, in her Twitter bio, she describes herself as an “Aussie tattoo collector”
Megan Anderson had an awesome run whilst competing in Invicta FC — a company that showcases female fighters. Throughout her time in the advertising, she went 4-1; on her way to capturing the interim featherweight (145 pounds) name — prior to being signed by the UFC. She had been scheduled to fight Cris Cyborg in her promotional introduction, but pulled out citing “personal issues.”
11 Charlotte Flair
Ashley Fliehr is pro wrestler who’s better known by her ring title Charlotte Flair. She’s the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair –a former 16-time world champion. Her most visible tattoo is on her ribs and reads, ” Guard your heart above all else, because it will determine the course of your life” — a quote from the bible — that she obtained while going through a divorce. She also has a tattoo on her side devoted to her brother Reid Flair, who passed out in 2013.
Despite having only been a part of WWE’s key roster since 2016, the 5-foot-10 blonde from Charlotte, North Carolina is currently a 5-time world champ.
10 Kerri Walsh Jennings
Santa Clara, California’s Kerri Walsh Jennings is a beach volleyball player whose impressive height and warm personality have earned her the nickname “Six Feet of Sunshine.” The 6-foot-3 blonde is famous for appearing in several Olympic Games along with her teammate, Misty May-Treanor. Jennings has only 1 visible tattoo an infinity sign on her belly. The meaning behind the piece is cloudy, and the volleyball star hasn’t addressed the problem.
39-year-old Kerri Walsh Jennings is among the finest in the industry when it comes to the game of beach volleyball. She recorded 3 Olympic gold medals with her partner Misty May-Treanor and a bronze medal with April Ross in the latest Summer Games held in Rio de Janeiro — which makes her the most decorated player in Olympic history.
9 Anastasia Yankova
Anastasia Yankova is a mixed martial artist who now competes for Bellator MMA. The 27-year-old, who had been born and raised in Moscow, Russia, has many tattoos on various parts of her body. In a meeting with RT.com, she had the following to say about her tattoo, “Each one of these is a part of me. And even my mother, who didn’t wish to speak to me for a day once I received my first large tattoo, states that she can not imaging me without them. There are no random tattoos on my body — each one has its own significance to me. It all began with that little one I have on my forearm. It states: “Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee.” The famous saying of the terrific boxer Muhammad Ali. It is a reminder for me. In and outside of the ring.”
Her current professional record stands at 5-0.
8 Misty May-Treanor
Misty May-Treanor is a retired beach volleyball player from Los Angeles, California. She’s best known for competing in the Summer Olympics with her longtime teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings. The 5-foot-10 brunette has many tattoos; many of which pay homage to family members. She was her grandmother’s initials on her back, together with angel which features her mother’s initials — one of her most noteworthy tats.
With 112 championships to her credit; Misty May-Treanor is the most accomplished female participant in the game’s history. She won 3 Olympic gold medals at Athens, Beijing, and London respectively. In 2016, she was formally inducted into Volleyball Hall of Fame. Outside of beach volleyball, people may recall Treanor for her appearance on the hit tv series Dancing with the Stars.
7 Ashlyn Harris
Ashlyn Harris is now the goalie for the US national women’s soccer team. The 5-foot-9 native of Satellite Beach, Florida has both of her arms covered in Tattoos. She also discussed her fondness for tattoos with Orlando Sentinel last August. “I love tattoos since it’s a fantastic type of pain for me,” she clarified. “To some people, it probably sounds crazy, but I really like to sit and feel alive and feel the consequences. It is almost like checking all of the painful things that I’ve been through. These things on my own body tell a story, and it is super deep, and it is super important, and it reminds me I am still here.”
Harris was a member of the national team when they won the world cup back in 2015. She now plays for the Orlando Pride at the National Women’s Soccer League.
6 Jessamyn Duke
Jessamyn Duke is a mixed martial artist who formerly fought at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The 5-foot-11 brawler, from Whitesburg, Kentucky also has many tattooswith the most prominent one covering nearly all her left arm. Duke is probably best known for being one of MMA’s Four Horsewomen; a stable of female fighters which includes former UFC champ, Ronda Rousey.
After appearing as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter, Duke went on to fight 4 times for the advertising. However, the Bantamweight (135 pounders) had little success. The Kentucky product went 1-3 in the UFC, before being published back in 2015. She went on to sign with the all-female fight promotion Invicta FC and has dropped her 1st couple bouts. Duke is now in the middle of a 5-fight losing streak.
5 Brittney Palmer
Originally from Utah, Brittney Palmer is a version and Octagon woman for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She’s been on the cover of many magazines such as FHM, Maxim, and even Playboy. At the moment, Palmer has 3 visible tattoos. Her most prominent piece, located on her upper back, reads, “But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes, Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.” The rear tat is a quotation from William Shakespeare about narcissism. She also has a (self?) Portrait on her left arm, together with a rosary on her left foot.
Brittney Palmer is one of only 3 Octagon women to be termed Ringcard Girl of the Year — a name she had been awarded in both 2012 and 2013 respectively. The only other women to acquire the title are Arianny Celeste and Jhenny Andrade.
4 Velvet Sky
Jane Szantyr is a retired professional wrestler who played under the ring name Velvet Sky. The 36-year-old entertainer has a huge tattoo on her harm in addition to another located on her lower back. While she is not covered in tats, like some of the other women on our listing, Sky’s ink is noticeable.
Velvet Sky is famous for her time as a member of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, where she was a member of a faction called The Beautiful folks. The team featured other popular female wrestlers in the advertising including Angelina Love, Madison Rayne, and Lacey Von Erich. The native of New Britain, Connecticut also had an extremely successful singles run. In actuality, she recorded the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship on two separate occasions as a solo act.
3 Federica Pellegrini
Frederica Pellegrino is a professional swimmer who hails from Mirano, Italy. She’s a total of 5 tattoos on various parts of her body. The swimmer got her first tattoo at age 14 — a dragon on her right ankle. She had a tattoo that read “Balu on her right heel, to honor of boyfriend, which she finally had eliminated once they awakened. Her most noticeable tattoo is a phoenix on the left side of her throat — a sign of rebirth. She got the Phoenix when she was 17, after moving from Verona to Milon.
As a competitor she’s famous for having a won a gold medal in the Olympic Games back in 2008, in her signature event — the 200 m freestyle.
2 Natasha Kai
Originally hailing from Kahuku, Hawaii, Natasha Kai competes in both football and rugby. With more than 60 tattoos, Kai has over any other feminine featured in our post. A number of her highlights include Hawaiian turtles onto her back, a Polynesian tattoo sleeve on her arm, and a hibiscus on her shoulder. She also has many different pieces located on her sides, legs, and toes.
As a football player, Natasha Kai is probably best known for helping Team USA win a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games — held in Beijing, China. She also played for several seasons at the National Women’s Soccer League. Outside of football, the Hawaiian was a part of the first US women’s rugby union sevens team to take part in the prestigious IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup.
1 Angelina Love
Lauren Williams aka Angelina Love is just one of several female professional wrestlers who’s famous for her tattoos. The Toronto product has many tats, the majority of which live on her arms. She has many angel tattoos, which also happened to be her former ring title. In a quotation from Diva Dirt, she discussed her fascination with anglers, “I’ve always had a fascination with angels. I really like how they look, I really like their innocence, and I love what they represent.”
Angelina Love is primarily known for competing in Complete Non-Stop Action (TNA) Wrestling. The 5-foot-6 blonde was a part of the faction called the Beautiful People. As a singles actor, she held that the TNA Knockouts Championship on 6 different occasions, making her one of the most accomplished females in the business’s history.