Tattoos are a way for a person to send a message about themselves or about someone they know. They can easily set you apart from your peers by showing off a sense of individuality.
In other cases, they're just plain cool.
Read on to see a few of the top tattoos currently featuring in the Premier League. Note that this will be focusing on specific pieces of artwork, rather than focusing on a footballer's full "body of work."
Fernando Torres, despite his hit-or-miss club form, has been an integral part of Spain's squad in the last three international competitions—Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup. That includes winning the Golden Boot in Poland and Ukraine last summer, and scoring the winner in the final in Vienna in 2008.
After the latter game, he was photographed as seen here, giving us a good look at the stylish artwork on his left arm. It's Tengwar—an artificial script created by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings—and reads "Fernando." Other Premier League players with Tengwar ink include Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
Before last season, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was a hot transfer commodity, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City eyeing his signature. However, he eventually did not end up moving, and would later sign an extension to remain with his current club.
In a show of loyalty to the team he's been with since 2006, the Denmark international had the letters "YNWA" tattooed on his right hand, which stands for club anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone." It's small, but hugely significant. It's also in a pretty cool font.
Stephen Ireland has fallen off the radar a bit. Still only 26, he was frozen out at Aston Villa for much of this season and has not featured internationally for the Republic of Ireland since 2007—though that was partially his own doing.
What he has featured, though, is the impressive piece of work on his back. Perhaps he will utilize those wings to take him away from Villa Park.
Continuing our Liverpudlian defender theme, we turn now to powerful Slovakian Martin Skrtel. Much like his defensive partner, the veteran Skrtel is known for his array of body art. Topping the list from his collection is the statuesque figure adorning his back.
For such a devilishly powerful player, the angelic figure is an interesting one. It certainly stands out as the "centerpiece" of his collection. Maybe this angel could bring some better Premier League results for Liverpool.
This is an interesting one for a number of reasons. Firstly, the rules may have been bent here, since Jay Bothroyd is contracted to now-relegated QPR. It's also interesting because of the major controversy that was sparked when Bothroyd showed off his new ink.
It is understandable that people could take this the wrong way, since it is showing off dangerous weapons. However, this shouldn't take away from the fact that it is still very well-crafted, as the striker will have you know.
Yeah, it's Agger again. The first feature was just four small letters on his hand. This masterpiece, on the other hand, takes up the Dane's entire back. The graveyard scene is adorned with Vikings, tombstones, the Danish flag and more.
On the upper back reads "Mors Certa Hora Incerta." It's a Latin phrase, which means "Death is certain, its hour is uncertain." Deeply insightful on top of being artistically beautiful. There's no telling what else he could come up with to add to his collection, though he might not need to.
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