Aaron Rodgers got a tattoo last week. Looked.

Ever since the big “retirement” fiasco of 2020, Rodgers has been under the microscope for everything he does. That’s not to say that this attention was unwarranted. Statistically speaking, Rodgers is one of the top five quarterbacks to ever play the game. He’s also been in the public eye after his high-profile dates with Danica Patrick, Olivia Munn and, most recently, Shailene Woodley. His life is a lightning rod for clicks from NFL fans nationwide.

So obviously committing to a lifelong forearm tattoo is not something that is going to go under the radar. The internet was on fire with this tattoo and what it could mean. Take another look at the image above and you will see that the tattoo has many intricacies, none of which are obviously explainable to just one person. There are constellations, a few lions, a fan, an ocean, abstract crosshairs, and other geometric patterns that add to the overall aesthetic value.

Rodgers said on her Instagram post that her tattoo had “a deep and meaningful history and connection.” I understand. It’s sort of the initial stigma of tattoos – they have to mean something. Otherwise, it’s just random garbage on your body that you will absolutely regret later in life. It is the wisdom of tattooing that is forced upon teenagers by people too old to understand the allure.

I got my first tattoo when I was 18, and damn it, it was a complete conglomeration of nonsense. Each part had to mean something to me. It was a pair of drumsticks, my grandmother’s initials, a treble clef and the violin music from “Song of the Storms” by The Legend of Zelda wrapped around my arm. It took a while before I finally admitted that it sounded stupid. People change. I covered it five years later.

In the end, the conclusion I came to is this: the #1 person who should approve a tattoo is the person who does it. The message is cheesy, sure, but it doesn’t need to be overly complicated either. It harms the creative process when people are locked into a specific thought archetype. If Rodgers has a tattoo that means something to him and he thinks he’s cool, then he should definitely be entitled to that satisfaction as an individual, without ridicule.

However, Rodgers absolutely deserves to be clowned around for this tattoo. Not for the tattoo itself, what the tattoo represents or his connection to it, but the context in which he used this new pseudo-intellectual persona to troll the public.

We’re not too far off from the infamous “I’ve been immune” line, which was intentionally used by Rodgers to both save face and intentionally mislead NFL fans as he refused to stand up. scientifically proven vaccination against COVID-19. Rodgers went on to gaslight those who thought he was vaccinated, spread misinformation about vaccine effectiveness, and falsely praised applications of ivermectin, a dewormer used for farm animals and the cattle. A public endorsement from fellow conspirator Joe Rogan nearly ensured Rodgers’ downfall from a relatable franchise stalwart to that of a goofy celebrity who despises the peasants below him.

There’s a distinct irony about the people who still fight for Rodgers, because those are the people he’s intentionally trying to fool. Rodgers bragged about The Pat McAfee Spectacle about the fact that he never really read Atlas shrugged. by Ayn Rand after defending him on live television the night before. Rodgers also asserted that people should not look to professional athletes for advice and that they are not pillars of wisdom to be relied upon to influence life decisions, while simultaneously using his platform to share his vision of the world. He’s not stupid. Rodgers knows he has the world on a string, and he uses that power to manipulate those who still listen to everything he says.

That being said, it’s fair to say that Rodgers got a complicated and somewhat abstract tattoo because he knew it would draw attention. This is exactly the type of sociopathic behavior typical of Rodgers’ latest release. This keeps him in the headlines during the offseason and allows him to continue donning the mantle of mystery that boldly proclaims, I know something you don’t know, and it fears for you.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. What is increasingly being lost, however, is the notion that people have to live with the consequences of their own actions. No matter how hard he tries to run away, Rodgers has earned the dark cloud that now follows him through the twilight of his NFL career. No amount of holier-than-thou hits and media sessions will take away the self-sabotageous, selfish, divisive rhetoric he’s spewed out for the better part of the past three seasons. Rodgers lost a lot of support, and it was all done by himself.

The tattoo is cool. Let’s not twist it. It’s important, however, not to hide the person behind it and the context to get it when he did it. It’s a visual manifestation of deliberate deception, which is an apropos first tattoo for the reigning NFL MVP.

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