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Colin Kaepernick takes care of some unfinished business: completes chest tattoo

Feb 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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As far as his chest tattoos go, Colin Kaepernick has hung the no vacancy sign. There’s no more room. The picture you see here is how his chest looked during the season. But the 49ers’ quarterback made more plans for that region, and now it looks like this.

It happened at Humble Beginnings Tattoo in San Jose, where artist Orly Locquiao wrote on his Facebook page: “Tattooed Kap till 2:30 in the mornin’. Did a piece for him to represent his family, inner strength, spiritual growth, and humility. Thanks again Kap for the collab with Cukui Clothing Company – Orly”

That’s the clothing company Locquiao also owns that has a line of clothing based on Kapernick’s tattoos.

Call me crazy, but I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking about Kaepernick’s tattoos: it’s not like he’s an Olympic swimmer and I have to look at them. If they please him, that’s cool. But some apparently don’t share this view.

David Whitley of the Sporting News criticized Kaepernick’s tattoos in a post for the Sporting News during the season, noting that most prison inmates also have tattoos. That article helped spawn ‘Kapernicking’, in which Kaepernick kisses his bicep tattoo after scoring touchdowns.

“That kind of came about from that article,” Kaepernick said in an interview before the Super Bowl. “Just kind of showing that I love my tattoos regardless of what people think.”