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3/28/2008 02:34:00 PM
Athletes' Worst (Visible) Tattoos
Jeremy Shockey went for a patriotic theme when he got inked.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
The latest trend in athlete tattooing seems to be the name-across-the-shoulders stamp, as seen here by Vince Young and DeShawn Stevenson.
It may not be a step up from the classic armband, but at least they aren't visible when the guys are in uniform. Here are my five worst visible tattoos in sports...
1. Jason Williams: Miami's point guard has "WHIT" tattooed across the knuckles on his right hand, and "EBOY" across his left. Social statement? Bad night out? Either way, quite a statement. Maybe a little obvious.
2. Joel Zumaya: The hardthrowing Tigers reliever has flames tattooed on his forearms. Which is exciting and all, except that they're not only on his throwing arm, but his non-throwing arm as well. But man can he move that glove fast!
3. Robert Swift: The perpetually injured Sonics center left high school as a quiet, promising big man. Since then he's changed up his look a little. Perhaps not for the better.
4. Jeremy Shockey: I'm not criticizing the content of Shockey's tattoo -- an enormous red, white and blue tribute to America -- but rather that said tattoo makes Shockey appear to be a huge fan of the Muppets.
I never really looked at Mike Tyson's facial tattoo closely. It's probably hard for some to see, but it's clearly his name stylized. Top is Mike and bottom section is Tyson. It's true, but most won't see it I'm sure and that's the intention.
It doesn't say Mike and Tyson. It is a Maori tribal tat. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. It is called a Moko. Which is a face tattoo. Although traditionally, the men would get their whole face tattooed and the woman would just get their chins. It is also done in a traditional tapping of a stick basically into the skin and hurts. I am sure Tyson didn't get done that way. Being the piece of crap animal he is, he probably got it done in jail.
You gotta be a knucklehead to get a tat in the first place, they don't look good at all and most people have gotten on because it's the "IN" thing to do. But can you imagine if you're the kid who turns 12 and your mom shows up to pick you up at school with a gnarly tat on her bicep?
How idiotic is it to judge someone based upon what they happen to like. They're athletes and first and foremost, people. Why don't you try and judge them for their performance? You must have been picked on really bad in your pathetic life! Why don't you just state that you don't like tatoos? I think they're all pretty sweet! Okay, maybe Tyson's is odd, but again, his life! Keep on hatin'!
It's between Vince Young of the NFL and DeShawn Stevenson of NBA. They both have their last names across the top of their back, a la their uniforms. So, they're in uniform even when they're not wearing one... Young even has the V. in front of the YOUNG, to not confuse anyone, apparently. Stevenson plans to get his number put in under his name soon. Horrible idea, BTW.
Alan, apparently has some repressed anger over a bad tattoo, LOL! To the person defending the judging of these athlete's tattoos (while judging the people on this board): How idiotic is it to start off with that phrase and end the comment with "Keep on hatin'!"? I love people on the internet...
What is your idea of a good tattoo vs a bad tattoo? All the tattoos that you mentioned are done well, and they are a personal preference. As for Mike Tysons "huge" tattoo, that is a cultural thing. I myself have a facial tattoo that is 4 times the size of Tyson's, and it is a biomech style.
Before you start bagging on tattoos, get an informed and non-biased opinion first. Look at the art behind the tatto first, look at the person, and then form an opinion. It's like any other form of art, and it as per preference...