Fans of Argentina’s team that won football’s final award in Qatar this month are lining up in Buenos Aires to tattoo winning captain Lionel Messi and the World Cup trophy.
“For the next two weeks, I have (appointments) related only to the World Cup,” tattoo artist Esteban Vucinovich told AFP in the capital.
“Some people have booked snakes or skulls, but they are changing to Messi or Cup. I have two or three appointments a day,” he said.
Vucinovich said the most requested leather art was the trophy, followed by Messi and then goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who played a key role in Albiceleste’s win. in the final against France.
Many fans are inspired by the body art of Argentine players, such as Angel Di Maria, who recently got a World Cup tattoo on his right leg.
“I got a tattoo of Messi as a gesture of thanks,” civil servant Nicolas Rechanik told AFP.
“This not only represents Messi but also the team that gave us our third World Cup and all the years of work to achieve this goal.”
Before getting a picture of Messi in the team’s blue-and-white striped jersey and kissing the trophy attached to his left leg, Rechanik showed the likeness of another Argentine football icon: Diego Maradona.
“It’s a perfect representation of what Argentine football is and what it means to be Argentinian,” he said.
Football fan Alma Ocampo, 20, decided to get a tattoo when, to everyone’s surprise, Argentina lost its first World Cup match against Saudi Arabia.
“When people lost confidence, I decided that… if Argentina won, I would tattoo the Cup. And so do I, with December 18, 2022″ of the final, she said, adding “it hurts a little bit.”
Ariel Sacchi, a gym teacher, has a tattoo representing all five World Cups that Messi has participated in. In the middle is an image of the Argentina captain kissing the trophy.
“I decided to marry Leo (Messi) because he brought the greatest joy to all Argentines,” Sacchi said.
However, not all tattoos are created equal and many fans have been mocked on social media for the wrong ink: Messi’s fat face or misspelled name are among the trending topics.
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