Photo: Rob Ullman/Atom-Bomb Bikini
Rex Ryan’s now-famous tattoo of what appears to be his wife wearing nothing but a Mark Sanchez jersey seems to have at least been inspired by the work of illustrator Robert Ullman.Among other things, Ullman specialises in pin-up art of ladies wearing sports jerseys, socks, and nothing else. You can see examples of his work at Atom-Bomb Bikini, as well as in this Google search.
We asked Ullman if the tattoo was based on his work, and the artist said he wasn’t sure.
“Maybe,” Ullman told us, “any rate, he should’ve asked me to recommend a better [tattoo] artist!…She appears to be missing a hand.”
Even with the crude rendering, there are some key similarities between Ullman’s work and the tattoo. In addition to wearing nothing but a sports jersey, she appears to be in a sitting pose with one hand near her head. This is a common theme in Ullman’s work (see above).
Either way, it is clear that Ryan is not the first person to have his wife rendered in a sports jersey of his favourite team.
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