Monday, January 14, 2013

INK WORK feat. Colin Kaepernick

theKONGBLOG™ EXCLUSIVE — In case you've been living in the Stone Age and spending some quality-time w/ Neanderthals, Colin Kaepernick has become a household name in the world of football — NFL fans & experts are giddy & bullish on Colin Kaepernick and his upcoming third season.

In fact, the San Francisco 49ers organization became so bullish on his "all-encompassing" physical talent and seemingly "untapped" potential, they made him their starting quarterback in mid-season 2012 — replacing Alex Smith, who lost his job despite owning a QB rating of 104.1 and completing more than 70% of his passes.

As with fame and popularity, it is for certain that superstardom comes with controversial issues — this blog post examines some of the headlines made by Colin Kaepernick and his tattoos.

David Whitley wrote a KONGTROVERSIAL article for Sporting News/AOL Fanhouse about Colin Kaepernick's tattoos:

David Whitley's opinion is not reflective of the opinion of AOL, Inc.

"Last week was a rough one for Kaepernick: A columnist ranted about his tattoos and compared him to an inmate, igniting a social media firestorm. His insulted parents defended him in USA TODAY Sports, sparking more passionate reaction. The guy Kaepernick replaced as San Francisco's No. 1 signal caller, veteran Alex Smith, complained about losing his job because of a concussion and stirred up coast-to-coast sympathy." —

"Both of Kaepernick's arms are tapestries of tattoos, displaying psalms and other phrases. The QB's tattoo artist, Nes Andrion of Reno, Nev., told The Huffington Post that the inside of one of Kaepernick's biceps reads, "My Gift," and the inside of the other reads, "Is My Curse." The top of his right bicep features the word "FAITH." --

-- "Kaepernick's prowess on the mound had Major League Baseball knocking. An MLB scout told the Kaepernicks he could go in the first eight rounds of the 2006 draft if he'd commit to baseball. Three years later, even as he was Nevada's starting quarterback, the Chicago Cubs took a shot and selected him in the 43rd round. He wasn't interested.

When Kaepernick made it known he wanted to play football, there was one problem: Barely anybody wanted him as their quarterback." —

411: Nes Andrion [depicted below] is Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist — owner of tattoo shop Endless Ink in Reno.

And there you have it ladies & gentlemen, the INSIDE KNOWLEDGE on San Francisco 49ers' "back-up" turned "starting" star quarterback — Colin Kaepernick

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