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Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist draws notice
Jan 20 2014 at 09:52pm
Tattoo artist Nes Andrion works a tattoo on client Crystal Apolinar arm at the Endless Ink Tattoo Lounge in Reno, Nevada on Jan. 22, 2013. Andrion is the tattoo artist who did 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tattoos.(Photo: Andy Barron, Reno Gazette Journal)
Story HighlightsNes Andrion has done replicas of Colin Kaepernick tattoos on other clientsAndrion says 49ers quarterback is a quiet, humble personReno tattoo artist excited for Body Art Expo in San Francisco this MarchRENO When Nes Andrion finished Colin Kaepernick's first tattoo in 2007, he told co workers Kaepernick was going to be a special player. And they laughed.
But now those who work with Andrion at Endless Ink are booking appointments for his crush of new clients.
"I've had a lot more Shannon Sharpe Authentic Jersey visits, a lot more calls," Andrion said. "The more they show it on the news, the more calls and e mails I get."
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Kaepernick's tattoos have been a topic of much discussion since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback first filled in for injured Alex Smith on Nov. 11.
Kaepernick flew under the national radar while playing for Nevada despite being the only Division I quarterback to pass for more than Cheap Shannon Sharpe Jersey 10,000 yards and run for more than 4,000. But after nine mostly spectacular starts in the NFL, he has become a household name.
Kaepernick's entire back is draped in ink. His shoulders are covered down to his elbows.
And after each touchdown he scores, Kaepernick kisses his tattoo covered biceps, drawing attention to www.broncosofficialnflproshop.com/84+Shannon+Sharpe+Jersey+Cheap.html Andrion's work.
Andrion, who works in a small building with no parking lot about 2 miles from where Kaepernick played college football, has seen his business rise along with Kaepernick's stock. It didn't hurt when a columnist disparaged Kaepernick's tattoos, saying the quarterback is the CEO of the team and a CEO shouldn't have tattoos. In fact, it has helped.
Andrion's waiting list for an appointment is nearly three months, which is about double the time it usually takes to get in.
The tattoo artist has received requests for interviews from news media across the country. In that same time, he said roughly 15 customers have come in for tattoos because they heard Kaepernick got his ink done by him.
Andrion, an artist for 18 years, also has tattooed fellow NFL player and former Nevada tight end Virgil Green of the Denver Broncos and former Nevada center JaVale McGee, who plays for the Denver Nuggets.
Some clients have even asked for a replica of Kaepernick's tattoos.
A matter of character
Tattoo artists have a knack for judging character. They can get a strong sense of someone by the tattoo selection and by the ample time spent next to them as the work is done.
Andrion, 35, needed four hours to inscribe the Book of Psalm scripture 18:39 on the quarterback's right shoulder: "You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me."
But it was while drawing angels and demons on Kaepernick's back, h requiring 18 hours and a lot of ink spread out over two visits that Andrion got the full taste of Kaepernick's mild mannered nature.
"He was a real quiet guy, real humble. He didn't have much to say," Andrion said. "He never really explained every tattoo that I've done for him, but they all have really personal meaning."