Why do ALL our sports stars suddenly feel the need to adorn themselves with tattoos?



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Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by Dailymail

Once upon a time, the things you needed to be a ­respected Test Match cricketer were ­exceptional hand-eye co-ordination, a modest respect for the rules of the game and an ­understanding of the elusive ­‘spirit of cricket’.
What you need nowadays is tattoos — and plenty of them.

As the main picture shows, ­Mitchell Johnson, the Australian fast bowler who’s vowed to skittle the Poms in the Ashes series that starts tomorrow, has the whole of his right arm covered in what might be a dragon — although to my eyes it could be almost a­nything — and across the left of his torso is a large, unfriendly-looking cat.

Why do ALL our sports stars suddenly feel the need to adorn themselves with tattoos?
Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson was said to have missed a tournament when a new tattoo on his elbow became infected. This picture, as revealed in Sportsmail yesterday, also shows the wildcat etched on his torso

We should not sneer at what some might ­dismiss as Aussie vulgarity, however, for there are plenty of British sportsmen and women who have chosen to adorn their bodies with tattoos in a fashion only sailors would have done 60 years ago.

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