The art of tattoos is one that has been around for centuries. They have been prevalent in the Asian and Polynesian cultures for a long time and have since spread to the rest of the world. In modern times, tattoos are very popular and a few of the Tampa Bay Rowdies have some tattoos of their own.
In part one of this series, Georgi Hristov, Luke Mulholland, and Carl Cort explain the reasons behind their tattoos.
Hristov, Mulholland, and Cort all have very visible tattoos. All three have sleeves of tattoos, Mulholland and Cort with one and Hristov with two.
The reasons for getting tattooed can be as varied as the tattoos themselves. Hristov has both ends of the spectrum with regards to his reasoning. His left arm is covered with Japanese images, “because I like the way they look and I just love the Japanese culture”. His right arm is adorned with religious items. Georgi went on to say that “the right side is only religion because I am Orthodox. I’m not crazy religious, but I believe in God”.
Hristov also pays homage to his loved ones through his tattoos. The Bulgarian has his fiancée’s name along with his brother’s first initial on his body, as well as the word “mother” on his left foot and the word “father” on his right foot.
Mulholland also has a lot of family oriented tattoos. The midfielder explained, “the top of my sleeve is basically just my mom and my two brothers and an English rose and it says ‘family first on the inside’ and ‘keep watch over thy own’ on the bridge of the shoulder”.
The Englishman also has Aphrodite, his birth date around his wrist, a clock that represents the phrase “time waits for no one”, and a few more roses on the bottom half of his sleeve.
Carl Cort represents another side of the spectrum with regards for his reasoning, or lack thereof, behind getting inked up.
“There wasn’t any real meaning to it, I had it done probably around ten years ago now. It’s funny because it was just a test to see if I liked it or not. I ended up getting a sleeve, my neck, and my other arm done”, Cort laughed. “There isn’t much I can really say about it.”
Hristov, Mulholland, and Cort, are some of our most creative players on the field and they have tattoos just as creative to match their style of play. Make sure to check them out if you ever have to privilege of meeting them and look out for part two of the Rowdies Tattoos Series to find out more about some other tattoos which you may not already know about.
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