Andre Gray the English footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Watford unveiled an extensively researched and extraordinary tattoo to the world this month. Although a lot of football players have inked themselves and flaunt tattoos, Andre Gray’s tattoo is truly extraordinary. A lot of research, patience, and expertise have gone into the tattoo which covers Andre Gray’s entire back. The Watford striker had to sit for nine separate sessions and a total of 72 hours for the awesome tattoo to materialize. The tattoo boasts of political and revolutionary figures such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Bob Marley and Muhammad Ali. The famous podium protest by athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games have been etched. Andre Gray unveiled the breathtaking tattoo on his Twitter account last week and called it a ‘masterpiece’.
The intricate tattoo includes important benchmark events in the history and showcases the civil rights movement and other landmark achievements. The tattoo also has Rosa Parks refusing to move from the front of an Alabama bus to when Huey P Newton was freed from jail. Musician Bob Marley is also etched on Andre Gray’s back. In an exclusive interview to Telegraph, Andre gray said, “The civil rights movement is something I’ve looked into a lot. When I was about 23, I started reading up on it all and watching TV programmes. You find you read about one person and then you find there is a documentary you can watch about them and then it usually leads on to something else.”
He further added in his interview as reported by Telegraph, “I went to Zanzibar on holiday and there was a lot there about civil rights and there was a museum, where there are old slave chambers. It was horrible to go to and they’ve still got the chains there. It opens your eyes a lot. To go to Africa and see some of those things was pretty difficult, but it makes you think.”
Andre Gray has another emotive tattoo with the words, ‘Still, I rise’ which is written on his left breast and it refers to the salvation from the gang culture that was prevalent in his hometown Wolverhampton and which he was a part of.