Tattoos of athletes at the Tokyo Olympics

Japan does not have a good relationship with tattoos. Something well known by those who have visited the country of the rising sun with their bodies covered in ink. In many public places such as swimming pools, beaches, gyms or restaurants, tattoos are prohibited and must be completely covered.


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the reason? In Japan, tattoos are resented because culturally it has always been associated with crime or the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. However, these restrictions do not affect the Olympic athletes, who are completely isolated in the Olympic bubble, and have no interaction with ordinary people.

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Although the Colombian archer Valentina Acosta Yes, he had some trouble flaunting his tattoos during competition, most of the athletes were able to wear the designs they drew on their bodies without issues.

In pool, basketball, football, gymnastics … In almost all disciplines, we can see an athlete showing off his amazing tattoos.

Adam Petty

GLASCOW, Scotland - AUGUST 4: Adam Petty of Great Britain responds after winning the men's 100m breaststroke final on day three of the European Championships Glasgow 2018 at the Tulkros International Swimming Center on August 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Ian McNicol/Getty Images)

Adam Petty, British swimmer

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The British swimmer has many tattoos, including a large lion on his shoulder to show his strength and ability. A design that inspires motivation and confidence, as evidenced by the fact that the Olympic gold medal was re-certified in the 100m breaststroke.

Adam Peaty celebrates his Olympic gold

Adam Peaty celebrates his Olympic gold

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Nyjah Huston, Norte Americano skater

Nyjah Huston, Norte Americano skater

Nigah Huston / Instagram

Skateboarding is one of the new Olympic disciplines in this version. One of the competitors in the sport was American Nyjah Huston, who wore a tattooed full body.

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Brenda Castillo

Brenda Castillo, volleyball player from the Dominican Republic

Brenda Castillo, volleyball player from the Dominican Republic

Brenda Castillo / Instagram

The volleyball player from the Dominican Republic wears a stunning tattoo that covers her entire neck and also features a rose on her left shoulder with a motivational phrase.

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Caeleb Dressel after participating in the 100m freestyle event

Caeleb Dressel after participating in the 100m freestyle event

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The longest swimming pool world record holder exercises the left shoulder, arm and forearm full of ink.

Olympic tattoos

We can see that there are all kinds of tattoos. From the stunning boxing version of Christ the Redeemer worn by Spanish fighter Gabriel Escobar, to simple motivational phrases like those of Chinese basketball player Yan Peng.

However, the most frequently repeated designs are those intended for the Olympic Games themselves. Without going further, Italian rhythmic gymnast Vanessa Ferrari wears on her neck the names of the three cities in which she participated in the Olympic Games, accompanied by the famous Olympic rings.

Other athletes who have some Olympic markings on their bodies are French swimmer Fantine Lassafer (left forearm), American Kyle Browning (right wrist), Moroccan boxer Abdelhak Nadir (left muscle) or Canadian gymnast Shalon Olsen (ankle)..

The Three Olympic Games of Vanessa Ferrari

The Three Olympic Games of Vanessa Ferrari

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Fantine Lassafer has Olympic rings tattooed on her forearm

Fantine Lassafer has Olympic rings tattooed on her forearm

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Abdelhaq Nadir durante un combate

Abdelhaq Nadir durante un combate

Abdelhaq Nadir / Instagram

Shalon Olsen's foot during the competition

Shalon Olsen’s foot during the competition

Shalon Olsen / Instagram

Another piece of evidence that shows us that the Olympic Games are making their mark in every way.

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