I actually don’t hate it. I think that’s the sexiest Michael Phelps has ever looked. Yes, it’s like irritated Shrek and irritated Stitch had an angry baby but animated rage babies are so big right now.
Time says that Toronto tattoo artist Livia Tsang inked that beautiful piece of stankface on to her boss Ricky Fung’s right calf “because he’s first and foremost a big Phelps fan, but also because of his work ethic and perseverance.” Fung is the co-founder of Chronic Ink Tattoos, and also wanted the Phelps face because it “showed his moment of focus before the race.” That exact level of focus is what Michael needed right before he stole that chick’s iPad, too. Fung had wanted a famous jock on his arm (me, too) for awhile, according to his employee of the month who noted that “he had always talked about getting a sleeve of athletes and famous people.”
“I wasn’t even a big Phelps fan before this, and I’m not really a swim fan,” Fung told ESPN. “But just seeing him go out and win the way he has has been inspiring to me.”
That was via People. Mr. Fung got his tattoo before Phelps even won the next of what ended up being four gold medals (that’s basically a Tuesday for Aquaman).
“Looking at that is a good reminder every day to go out with focus and dominate like he did,” he said.
It’s also a reminder of Viggo Mortensen’s first appearance in Lord of the Rings! Phelps mean-mugging at his 200-meter butterfly race competitor, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, on Monday night blew up on the Internet. Who doesn’t love a grumpy merman? Does this mean it’s cool for me to get the US Men’s Gymnastics team tattooed on my…nevermind.
If death glares become THE look for fall, then I’m going to need something inky in a Bea Arthur.