Jan 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman interviews San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

49ers' Kaepernick's Ink Receives Mixed Reviews

Jan 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) addresses the media at a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Marriott New Orleans. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

From the start, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been scrutinized for his numerous tattoos. A role model covered in ink, is a culture shock for a 49ers franchise, who pride themselves in being the ultimate standard of professionalism. However, with tattoos becoming more prevalent, they are more the norm than the exception, making Kaepernick’s tattoos socially acceptable.

People who are tatted up, do so for a number of reasons, including honoring someone, symbolic meaning, love for art, or religion purposes, just to name a few. It is a way for people to express how they feel, and what they are about, and Kaep is no exception.

The player known for his “Kaepernicking” celebration has multiple tattoos on his body, and one in particular is what started the domino effect. Kaepernick’s first tattoo,was a verse from the Bible reading, “You arm me with strength for battle. You make my adversaries bow at my feet.” The meaning behind the ink, is where the true story lies, as Kaepernick said:

Basically, it’s saying the Lord is giving me all the tools to be successful, I just have to go out and do my part to uphold that.

Asked if he had something in place if the 49ers won Super Bowl XLVII, Kaepernick responded:

I have some in the works.

People that judge others based on their appearance alone are arrogant. Now, I may be biased because I have tattoos of my own, but that’s just my honest opinion. David Whitley a AOL Fanhouse Columnist, wrote an interesting piece on Kaep’s ink, and it wasn’t taken favorably, as he said:

Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California’s state prison have tattoos. I don’t know that as fact, but I’ve watched enough “Lockup” to know it’s close to accurate.

I’m also pretty sure less than 1.3 percent of NFL quarterbacks have tattoos. There’s a reason for that.

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

Really, David? Please. The fact of the matter is, everybody is different and whether someone has a tattoo, doesn’t make him any less of a person. Furthermore, I think it might be cool if my CEO looked like he got paroled, because then no one would mess with him in the lunch line, feel me? I got your back Kaep, don’t even trip!

According to AOL, they do not necessarily agree with Whitley’s point of view, as they wrote the following statement on the bottom of his piece.

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

Whether you agree with Kaepernick’s tattoos or not, you can’t help but love the way he has handled himself during these types of situations. A sign of maturity, Kaepernick is learning quickly how to be a true professional both on and off the field, regardless of what his appearance may indicate.

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