Pat McAfee made an awesome gesture and a tattoo artist was behind the creation.
Sports stars are forever wearing custom gear, whether it's the latest Nikes or some one of a kind jersey, but Pat McAfee showed how a pair custom cleats can have amazing symbolism. The Indianapolis Colts punter recently took to the field in a patriotic pair of cleats painted with the American flag as a tribute to 9/11 and those who lost their lives.
The NFL star commissioned tattoo artist Nick McNulty to create the cleats and was not disappointed. Impressively McNulty had just over 24 hours to complete the project and have the cleats back with McAfee ready for the big game.
An artist at Ink Therapy Tattoo, Plainfield, McNulty worked through the night to complete the cleats. Starting at 8:30pm Friday, McNulty finished the painting at 5:30am Saturday. Trusting the tattoo artist's talents, McAfee gave McNulty a great deal of freedom in the painting process but had two essential requests. The first was that the cleats had to say '9/11 Never Forget' on the insteps and the second was that they had to feature the American flag on outsides.
Unsurprisingly the cleats were a huge hit and received praise across the media. McNulty himself opened up about his excitment of the cleats when speaking to The Indianapolis Star: “I’m very excited and happy with all the positive energy that’s coming from this... I'm happy and proud for Pat. He’s a true patriot, from everyone that I’ve talked to, and to have something to share and give to him and have other people see and be inspired is a pretty great feeling.”
Interestingly this isn't McNulty's first encounter with the NFL, he's previously tattooed a number of players and also gave fellow Colt's player T.Y Hilton his own cleats makeover.
As talented with cleats as he is, with a tattoo machine McNulty is one rad tattooer. You can check out his tattoo work on Instagram so be sure to give him a follow!