British diver Nicholas Robinson Baker and German swimmer Sarah Poewe got it. And so have members of the US national Olympic swimming team. Although the London Olympics 2012 have been in controversy recently for a misspelled tattoo on a torch bearer, this hasn’t stopped the participants from flaunting their inked bodies at the practice sessions. And slowly, the spirit seems to be catching up with Delhi too.
“Delhiites haven’t really been very pumped up about getting sports-specific tattoos after the Commonwealth Games. However, we have got some queries about temporary Olympic-ring tattoos,” says Abhishaik Amdhur of Indelible Tattooz. “I am hoping that the excitement will increase in a few days as this time, the games will be superceding Independence Day on August 15,” he adds.
Manju Rawat, a nail art and face-painting artist, says she mostly gets bookings in her Hari Nagar salon before Indians perform at such sporting events.
“Thanks to all these restaurants that show coverage of important sports events, people come a few hours before an important sport event or party and ask for symbols like boxing or a tennis racquet on one side and the Tricolour on the other side of the face,” she says. While some young Delhiites are “thinking”, others have decided to go for it. 19-year-old college student Trisha Gupta says, “I am a big fan of Saina Nehwal so have decided to get two tennis racquets crossing each other horizontally tattooed on my back.” Aakriti Singh, 23, says, “I am definitely going to get some Olympics-specific nail art done. The five interlocking circles may be.”