They took “nothing’s permanent” a little too literally.
Sports are instinctive, but getting inked up is not. It’s a big-time decision. The design will reside on you for the rest of your days; even laser surgery leaves a mark. Luckily, enough athletes get those two wires crossed, and we have plenty of awful tattoo choices to marvel over. Here are just six of the undoubtedly hundreds of questionable “masterpieces.”
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The tattoo on Brock’s inner left bicep reads “Live Life to it’s Fullest.” Touching sentiment, awful grammar. Not a ringing endorsement for Arizona State’s English department, is it now?
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You know the guy who lived on your hall in college whose room always smelled like hash and nag champa and who played Dead songs on his acoustic? Shouldn’t they all have these tattoos on their right bicep so we can easily identify them?
Marquis Daniels (Better view here)
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“Hey Marquis, you’ve made it! You are playing the game you love for a living. How would you like to celebrate? Oh, by putting the most horrifying image imaginable on the inside of your right forearm forever? Ok, I guess.”
Jameer Nelson (Better view here)
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Jameer celebrates athletic confidence (bleeding into rabid narcissism) with his “All Eyes On Me” full-back piece. Believe us Jameer, when you play behind D12 for 90% of your career, most of the eyes are decidedly not on you.
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Torres loves The Lord of the Rings books so much he got a giant tattoo in Elvish on the inside of his left forearm. But at least he got some beautiful meaningful quote from the book right? WRONG. Fernando got “Fernando.” At least Bilbo will know who he is.
Jon Rauch (See tattoo here)
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All of these ankle tattoos make sense. Rauch pitched in the Sydney Olympics and the towering pitcher can throw heat. Does it make sense to get them tattooed by what looks like a nine-year-old with a crayon? We vote no.
Awesomely Bad Pop Culture Tattoos.
Women of Ink.