'''Marat Safin's''' best known tattoo is on his left shoulder, a Chinese character that translates to "Hou" which means "Year of the Monkey". Safin's Chinese astrology sign isMonkey. A year later he got two tattoos at the same time. On his right bicep, he tattooed a human eye and underneath that, a barcode. Although, Safin hasn't explained the personal meanings behind the tattoos, barcode tattoos are usually meant to be ironic; a warning that our culture is slowly turning each of us into a product. It protest conformity and celebrates diversity. And Safin's most recent tattoo is a huge sun on his back. Safin blogs about his tattoos, "It's like the songs. We remember songs because of memories and tattoos are sort of the same thing. Every tattoo has a meaning for me. It will stay with me. I have a lot of memories, good memories, bad memories. I am not disappointed I made them. Hopefully I won't do any more of them."
Marat Mikhailovich Safin (born January 27, 1980) is a Russian tennis player. He comes from a family of tennis players: his parents are former players and coaches and his sister is a professional tennis player who won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. At fourteen, he moved to Spain to participate in advanced tennis training programs not available in Russia and the clay courts were better for the knees. He began his professional career in 1997 and went on to become the number 1 world ranking for 9 weeks in late 2000. He is also the first Russian man to reach the semifinals in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.