The Artist Behind Kaepernick's Ink

RENO, Nev. - Tattoo artist Nes Andrion opened up his shop Endless Ink last summer. So far business has been good –and it's only gotten better with the national attention Andrion's work has received on San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. There's an autographed photo in the shop of Kaepernick from his Wolf Pack days.

“It all started from tattooing some of the UNR students,” Andrion said. “He ran into a couple of the people I tattooed and it just went from there.”

He says he's spent more than 50 hours on the designs that adorn Kap's back, arms and chest.

“There's one on his chest that says 'against all odds,'” Andrion said. “That tells you pretty much everything. The designs on the arms, it's up to the people how they want to understand that and on the back I did a full back of angels and demons, it's like a battle.”

Now that Kaepernick's getting more attention so is Andrion. He says it's something he never expected.

“It's great, I feel blessed,” Andrion said. “It's overwhelming. I didn't think it was going to get this big. It's just a tattoo but he's carrying my art around on him and he made it big.”

So is Kap coming back for more work any time soon?

“I'm supposed to do some touch up but who knows, it's going to be hard for him to come back to Reno,” Andrion said. “Especially coming into this shop, it could be a little crazy.”


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