This is the first post in what will hopefully be a series, detailing the good and bad tattoos sported by some of the top MMA fighters in the world. I thought it would be good to start off with one of the fighters with some of the best work out there, Englands own Dan Hardy.
Dan Hardy has fallen on hard times recently, having lost 4 in a row since working his way up to a title shot against the UFC’s welterweight king, Georges St Pierre. However I think the fans and critics are being far too tough on Dan. He is an extremely entertaining fighter and has a style that demands attention. In the fast paced world of mixed martial arts people are far too quick to write off a fighter following a few losses, but I think we have yet to see the best of Dan Hardy. I’ve been following Dan’s career for a long time, and as long as he keeps fighting, I’ll keep watching and cheering him on from the stands (or more often my living room).
I spent about 2 hours this morning researching online, trying to find good quality pictures of Dan’s tattoos and information on the artists that made them. I was starting to lose all hope when I stumbled across these great videos by MMAWeekly. In a sport filled with shaved heads and (usually) terrible tribal tattoos, it’s refreshing to see someone like Dan who actually knows what makes a good tattoo, and is willing to seek out the right artists to get them done. I’ve also put some links below the videos to the websites for all of the artists Dan mentions in the videos, and here is Dan’s own website.