23
Apr

Jermaine Jones gets ultimate ‘Murica knee tattoo

In case you weren’t sure, Jermaine Jones loves the United States of America a lot. So much so that the former Schalke 04 mdifielder got this red, white and blue (and probably very painful) tattoo on his knee:

Jones isn’t the only United States men’s national team player that’s had his American pride inked on his body. Terrence Boyd got this bad boy about a year ago, showing off his commitment to the stars and stripes:

Other players, like Clint Dempsey and John Brooks, display their USA pride by representing their home towns on their skin:

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Dempsey will always be a Texas boy at heart. (Image: The Denim Kit)

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Brooks has Germany (where he was born) on one elbow, and Illinois (his father’s home state) on the other. This was well before his ill-advised gigantic back tattoo that got him benched (Image: Men in Blazers).

It’s probably a safe bet that there will be a few more USA players tatted up after this summer’s World Cup in Brazil — nothing like a bit of body art to commemorate a special event.

17
Apr

USA defender John Anthony Brooks benched due to giant back tattoo

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Getting tattoos is all fun and games until you can’t do your job.

According to the Berliner Morgenpost, United States men’s national team defender John Anthony Brooks was benched by Bundesliga club Hertha BSC Berlin last weekend after Brooks got himself a “large-scale” back tattoo, which hence has prevented him from being able to play comfortably.

Of course. 

As tattoo-lovers know, for several days following the procedure, one is advised to avoid intense physical activity, tight-fitting clothing, and sweaty conditions, among other things.

In hindsight, as a professional athlete Brooks should probably have known better than to get ink done in the middle of the season.

Understandably, Hertha coach Jos Luhukay was not pleased:

"I don’t have any understanding for that. The tattoo could lead to an inflammation, and, naturally, that is not good," Luhukay told the paper.

Nope, not good. Next time, wait until after the season, John.

(H/T SBNation)

Image provide by Getty.

28
Jan

Everton fan gets “You’ll Never Walk Alone” tattoo for charity

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Image via Team George (Facebook)

There are few local derbies as passionate as the one on Merseyside between Liverpool and Everton. The two clubs’ stadiums are just one short mile apart, and the players have a distinct distaste for one another. No fixture between the two has yielded more red cards since the inception of the Premier League than this one.

But as this story reminds us, the intense passion of the Merseyside derby can be used to do really, really amazing things.

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Image via Team George (Facebook)

This is 4-year-old George Johnson. He suffers from a very rare motility condition, which means that he can’t eat, drink or swallow, and is currently fed directly through his heart. His family needs to bring him to the USA to seek further treatment, but couldn’t afford the trip. So they’ve been fundraising.

But they needed some help. That’s where diehard Everton fan Matty Bowman stepped in. He pledged to have “You’ll Never Walk Alone” tattooed on his back to help raise awareness about George’s story.

It worked.

Team George has now surpassed their goal of £15,000, and the number grows every minute. For Bowman, it’s a small price to pay in order to see that George gets the treatment he needs.

"If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t have done, but I did it for a reason — it was for George, I’ve got a boy the same age," Bowman told the Liverpool Echo.

Bowman may be a lifelong Everton fan, but we’re pretty sure he’s got his own diehard fans in George and his family, too.

H/T WAAP

3
Sep

David Beckham’s new tattoo includes image of him as Jesus?

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Photo via Twitter/@Femail

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Photo via Daily Mail

You can hardly see it from these photos, but David Beckham got inked up again and his latest tattoo has raised some eyebrows.

According to the Daily Mail, the new tattoo, which covers the right side of his chest, is reportedly said to be a “portrait of Jesus — styled to look like Beckham — being lifted from his tomb by three cherubs, representing his much-loved boys.”

We don’t even know what to say about this one. Getting tattoos to honor his family is nothing new for the retired soccer superstar, but honoring himself?

“I don’t regret any of them,” Beckham once told CNN of his thirty plus tattoos. “They all have meaning. I think that’s what’s important about tattoos. If they have a meaning, you’ll never regret them.”

We’re sure there’s meaning in Becks’ latest ink, too. If anyone can get away with tattoos of themselves as Jesus, it’s Beckham.


(H/T NESN.com)

4
Jun

Neymar gets “Blessed” tattoo to celebrate joining Barcelona

Images via @barcastuff

To celebrate his move from Santos to Barcelona, Neymar decided to get a tattoo to let everyone know just how he feels. Before Brazil’s international friendly vs. England, the 21-year old had the word “blessed” tattooed below his neck.

Let’s hope the stay at the Nou Camp goes well to avoid any nasty ink removal procedures.

9
May

Manchester United fan pays tribute to Ferguson with forearm tattoo

Image via @JayJayHaych

Sir Alex Ferguson’s resignation from Manchester United has ignited emotions from around the globe. From fans to players, tributes have been pouring in from all across the world and this tattoo might be the most extreme tribute yet.

Whether or not it was a good idea to get this inked onto your body for the rest of your life, there will likely never be another manager worthy of such permanent praise.

The Soccer world reacts:

19
Dec

To raise money for the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims, 96 soccer fans got tattoos at the Royal Ink shop in Liverpool. A great way to pay tribute to the 96 and donate funds to the pursuit of justice for the victims.

To add a little twist, Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel put the finishing touches on one fan’s tattoo. Oh, and did we mention Skrtel has never tattooed anything before, ever? The look on the brave fan’s face when he finds out this will be Skrtel’s first tattoo is priceless.