San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been at the center of media attention the last few weeks. His refusal to stand during The National Anthem as a sign of protest is polarizing, to say the least, and he has been grabbing headlines because of it. The gesture has been a trending topic on social media and it has led to some heated debates and contentious dialogue.
Kaepernick is no stranger to controversy though. In case you forgot, when the Nevada product first burst onto the scene in the NFL, he caused quite a stir due to the lavish tattoos that covered his arms.
Many people were worried about Kaepernick's aesthetic, how it would affect the children watching him play ball, and how it might lead many to get some tattoos of their own. *GASP* A majority of the general populace thought the image of a starting quarterback (and a damn good one at the time) covered in body art might somehow corrupt the youth. It's a classic argument that tattoo enthusiasts have been hearing for decades.
"Tattoos are only for hooligans and people up to no good!"
While it's amazing that these stigmas about tattoos haven't gone away yet, Kaepernick boldly took a stand, with an emphatic "IDGAF what you think about my tattoos."
The funny thing about many of the people who were protesting Kaep's extensive collection of ink is that generally, they are conservative-thinking folks. Folks who value family values. Folks who value self-respect and respecting their elders. Folks who value the morals handed down to us from religion.
Ironically, a vast majority of the tattoos that decorate Kaepernick's body represent those very same values.
Kaepernick's most visible tattoos (done by Endless Ink's Nes Andrion) include a scroll on his right arm with the Bible verse Psalm 18:39 written on it, and under it "To God The Glory" is inscribed. He has praying hands, the word "Faith," a Christian cross, the phrase "God will guide me," and a back piece that depicts a battle scene between angels and demons.
Some of Kaepernick's more recent tattoos are the ones that garnish his chest. The words "Against All Odds" are meant to represent "inner strength, spiritual growth, and humility," according to the QB.
Seems like these tattoos align with all of the values his detractors hold so dearly. That didn't stop them from levying all kinds of hate toward Kaepernick, but he simply brushed it off and soon he was leading his talented 49ers team to the Super Bowl.
He may be a backup now, playing second fiddle to Blaine Gabbert, but Kaepernick is obviously a man who holds his morals very dearly and stands up (or sits down) for what he thinks is right. And his tattoos definitely reflect that side of him.