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Dublin: 18 °C Friday 14 August, 2020

Inked in: 10 great, and not so great, Irish sports tattoos

Some of these are cool, some are terrifying.

CK7's new ink has garnered 78,000 likes on Instagram so far.
CK7's new ink has garnered 78,000 likes on Instagram so far.
Image: Kaepernick7 on Instagram

TO CELEBRATE LOSING the Super Bowl this month, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick added to his already extensive tattoo collection.

Kapernick, who was subject to some ridiculous criticism of his ink late last year, had the tribal tattoo done last week and took to Instagram to show his legion of fans the result.

It’s an impressive piece of work and had those of us in the office with a pathological fear of needles shaking in our boots.

It did, however, get us thinking about some of our favourite – and least favourite – Irish sporting tattoos:

Paul Galvin has more tattoo than skin on his left arm

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And you shouldn’t make make Andy Lee cross

©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Fellow boxers, like David Oliver Joyce, favour fighting tattoos

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

While Olympians, such as Gearoid Towey, remind us where they’ve been

©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

We’re guessing basketballer Jason Killeen REALLY loves Limerick

©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

And Gary McCabe shoots for the stars

©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

While James McClean, well, he’s for the birds

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Religion is a common theme as Danny Baker proves

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

As are tribal designs like Colm Parkinson’s

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

As we’ve shown, Dan Shanahan is not the only one who can’t keep the tattoo artist at arm’s length

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Who have we forgotten? What are the best and worst Irish sporting tattoos?

Will Ferrell worked as a Lakers security guard and escorted Shaq from the game

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Steve O'Rourke

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