Alisha Rice told The Huffington Post the tattoo was never meant to be a comment on Rodgers’ sexuality, as some commenters charged, but instead was “just meant to be a fun, tongue in cheek ode to team.”
She added, “If anyone has an issue with the tattoo I’d challenge them to ask themselves why and reflect on the apparent double standard regarding the sexualization of the male and female forms.”
Rumors about Rodgers being gay have been around for years, but this tattoo is days old.
Her original Instagram has many homophobic comments from people who can’t deal with sexualizing a male athlete. As the tattoo went viral, she posted a a video that alluringly reveals Rodgers’ naked butt as she pulls a cloth away. She also didn’t back down from attacking those who made homophobic comments.
I'd like to to thank the Internet and the bloggers that brought homophobic football fans and armchair tattoo critiques to my door. I am happy with the results and so is the client. You may not understand why someone would want a hunky football player tattoo, but tattooing is personal. This tattoo is a celebration of identity, home, and team. That's it! Hate and bigotry are not welcome here.
The identity of the the Packers fan is not known but I assume it’s a gay male based on what Rice has written on her Instagram page about identity, the hashtags she used — #gayjock #instagay and #LGBTpride — and what she told the Huffington Post.
“The idea for the tattoo was a combination of the client wanting a traditional American style male pinup and a Packers tattoo,” Rice, who has been tattooing since 1992, told The Huffington Post. She noted that the tattoo wasn’t necessarily supposed to be Rodgers and that his “particular jersey was selected because [he] is a football legend and the client admires him as a player and as a person.”
I am not sure if Rodgers actually wears a jock strap while playing (many NFL players don’t), but details shmetails. The client likes it and it pissed off a bunch of idiots, so it’s a win-win.