Mike Tyson has a large tattoo inked on the left side of his face, an inky red-and-black creation of a Maori tribal pattern. He has said that he got the tattoo to cover up a facial scar he received while sparring. The tattoo is also symbolic of protection, strength and bravery and carries special meaning for Tyson. He has described it as “spiritual protection”, and has said that it is a reminder that he is protected by a higher power and not to waiver from his destiny. Tyson’s tattoo is also meant to inspire others, showing that no matter how dark and difficult a situation may seem, it can be overcome.