Fan shows off true colors

May 4, 2011

by Sarah Brown, CO-SPORTS EDITOR

You have seen them televised on games.

You may wonder why the heck someone would do it.

What is it?

A tattoo of one’s favorite sports team, a permanent symbol etched on the skin to commemorate a championship or an undying love of a hometown team.

For senior Manuel Jose Rivera, his tattoos have significant meanings.

Rivera dons tattoos of the Tech and Yankees emblems.

He opted to get inked on his triceps and explained his choice to get marked for life.

“I got the Tech tattoo because I love Tech, and my degree will be with me for the rest of my life along with my tattoo,” Rivera said. “I got my Yankees tattoo not only because I’m a huge fan, but I was born in New York, and it reminds me of home.”

He said he does not have any doubts about his markings and was not concerned with how his parents would react.

“My parents were all right with the tattoos,” Rivera said. “I used to have 1-inch plugs in my ears, so they were used to that style by now.”

He said he still does not regret the decision he made.

As far as the public is concerned, Rivera said he gets a lot of remarks on his most colorful accesories.

“If a person goes to Tech, they love my Tech tattoo,” Rivera said. “Now, for my Yankees tattoo, if a person likes the Yankees — very few in the South, they absolutely love it. Most people hate the Yankees and give me a hard time about it.”

He described an interesting encounter with an elder woman in the gym who remarked on his tattoo.

“She walked up to me and told me that her great grandfather designed the original Tech state T, and he knew Maxie Lambright,” Rivera said. “I thought that was amazing.”

As for future ink goes, Rivera has some plans.

“I only get tattoos with meanings,” he said.

“My next tattoo will be the words, ‘Live For Today’ across my chest, because I believe that one should always make the best out of every single day.”

Either way, Rivera will always carry a piece of Tech with him.

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