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Synergy! Colin Kaepernick autographs 49ers fan’s Colin Kaepernick leg tattoo (photos)


Photos have surfaced on the interwebs of Colin Kaepernick joyfully autographing a San Franciso 49ers fan’s leg tattoo that just so happens to be an inked version of the quarterback doing his trademark celebration move, otherwise known as “Kaepernicking.”

The now-famous celebratory gesture first rose to prominence when the QB did the move during the San Francisco’s divisional playoff win over the Green Bay Packers last season. It features Kaepernick pretending to kiss his flexed bicep. You know, because a football helmet’s facemask gets in the way.

If a fan is going to make the bold decision to get the tattoo of one of his or her sports heroes inked into their skin, Kaepernick just might be the most fitting candidate for tattoo idolatry. Kaepernick was foolishly ripped by David Whitley in a 2012 column in which the sportswriter argued that his tattoos were more befitting of a man getting out of prison instead of an NFL quarterback.

“NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility,” Whitley wrote. “He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”

Of course, Whitley rightfully was slammed for his ridiculous column, and in the end, Kaepernick’s tattoos simply became another aspect of the signal-caller that defined and separated him from his quarterbacking peers.

Kaepernick’s heavily inked body became a thing to emulate, albeit not permanently, when an entrepreneurial company began selling temporary tattoos exactly like those that cover the QB’s arms.

And hey, even Nancy Pelosi loves them, so who are we to argue, right?

Good for Pelosi, but that’s a whole lot of awkward right there.

[H/T Black Sports Online]