The National Football League’s (NFL) Rex Ryan is a lot of things; a solid coach, a great motivator, an outspoken defender of his players, and a rather large man with a booming voice; but if there’s one thing he’s not, it’s subtle. So when reporters asked him what his big calf tattoo meant, the New York Jets’ Head Coach responded, “A new ‘tat’ means believe in yourself, which I’ve got no problem doing”, and when asked what exactly it was, he said, “It’s a mountain, some waves and some sharks”. To us, it just looks kind of like a random Hawaiian design (he got it while on vacation in the islands), like something he just got because he already has tattoos (we have no clue what or…*shutter*…where on his body they are), he was there, and he likes attention; like the grown man equivalent of a teenage girl from Wyoming getting cornrows while in Jamaica. Anyhow, he says that his players like it, and that he and his wife like it, so whatever, more power to him…at least it’s not a skull, that wouldn’t look right on him.
Ryan Roberts, infielder for the Arizona Diamondback, is the MLB player with the most tattoos. He has lost count of how many he has after 30 something and after they started to blend together in a dense blur on his arms. Coming in second is Josh Hamilton, outfielder of the Texas Rangers, with about 26 tattoos. Roberts’ fans have even given him the nickname “Tatman” and he has played well this year helping the Diamondback reach this playoffs after a poor record last year.
My favorite is the Koi fish on his chest, that one is well done. He also has a star branded on his rib cage.
Some are speculating that Jamie Foxx’s new head tattoos were just temporary for the recent movie Horrible Bosses. While the tats fit in well with his role in the movie (a character named MotherF#@!&er Jones), it also fits in with Foxx’s previous tattoos. He already had a semi-circle going around the back of his head and big tribal work on his back, wrapping around his shoulders. Other people say the top-o-the-head design is a receding scalp cover up. I guess we’ll find out soon enough if they are real or not, although movie makeup may cover it for any particular role that it doesn’t fit in with. Either way, the the designs look good to me (much more interesting than the rather boring tribal work on his back) and might be a good strategy if his hairline is going.
It used to be that when you thought about Mike Tyson, you thought, “Dominant Boxer”. However, these days Mike Tyson is more known for the great boxer he was, the even better boxer he could have been, the criminal he became, and the good man he has become; oh yeah, and for his face tattoo. Everyone knows about Iron Mike’s famous tribal on the left side of his mug, but many forget that he also has a bunch of other somewhat strange ink all over his body. The man that a whole generation only knows as “the guy in The Hangover” not only has his famous face tat, but also has a picture of Mao Zedong, a picture of Ché Gueverra, and a picture of Arthur Ashe. I understand each one individually, but I can’t exactly see the three of them having lunch together, so I don’t understand appreciating each one enough to tattoo them on yourself without feeling conflicted. However, I also can’t understand biting someone during a regulated bout, so maybe Mike and I aren’t on the same page.