Hey gang! The Olympics is a time to root for your team and take pride in your nation. A distinct piece of Americana is tattooing, it’s a part of the American subculture. Figures that have shaped the American identity have always been closely linked with tattooing from proud sailors, to bikers, to athletes. And these days ink is becoming more and more prevalent and accepted in the mainstream. Now ink isn’t only limited to the skin… email skins featuring the art of iconic American tattoo artist Ed Hardy are now available through MeebleMail.com. Leading up to the Olympics and throughout the games, MeebleMail will be writing about Olympic athletes and their tattoos. To follow our conversation, go to www.Facebook.com/emailskins or follow us on twitter @emailskins! Here goes Part 1 of the series!
Russian Olympic Synchronized Swimmer Anastasia Davydova has a trail of butterflies fluttering from her back-right hip to her left shoulder blade. The interesting choice here is her decision to go with highly realistic butterfly depictions rather than a more artistic interpretation.
Russian synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova, Butterfly Tattoos
American Olympic Track and Field athlete Bryan Clay has the Olympic Rings tattoo’d just below the nape of his neck on his upper back. You can’t really go wrong with the classic Olympic Rings, as we will see with this series, as they are instantly recognizable and make the transition from image to ink quite nicely. Go Team USA!
British Olympic Gymnist Louis Smith went a more contemporary way getting a cross which is sprouting wings tattoo’d on that same just-below-the-nape-of-the-neck location. He also has words tattoo’d in the very popular half-script style which reads: “What I Deserve I Earn” which is no doubt a motto he repeats to himself constantly as he trains for the next Olympic games.
British Olympic Tae Kwon Do Artist Sarah Stevenson has the Olympic Rings tattoo’d just above her ankle with the word “Jeju” written in English and Korean. Jeju is an island in Korea known for it’s steadfast dedication to the discipline of Tae Kwon Do. No doubt Sarah Stevenson has spent much time training there in preparation for her Olympic matches.