Jets nightmare QB Mark Sanchez better clean up his act if he wants his jersey to stay on Rex Ryan's arm -- so says the head coach, who claimed he'll ink a NEW number onto his infamous tattoo ... if Mark doesn't start playing better.
Rex was questioned about the tat during a news conference today -- and Rex joked, "Obviously, if Sanchez doesn’t play better, that number’s changing. That’s a given."
As we reported, Rex unveiled the bizarre tattoo while on vacation in the Bahamas last week -- a tat of what appears to be his naked wife wearing ONLY a Mark Sanchez jersey.
During the news conference, Rex insisted the tat's just a coincidence -- claiming he got the ink job long before Sanchez came to the Jets.
Rex said, "It’s funny. It’s actually a tattoo I’ve had for like three years ... I’ve been married for 25 years, and through my eyes, my wife’s the most beautiful woman in the world. So that’s what it is."
For reference: here's a list of every other player to wear #6 for the Jets ... Bill Demory, Bubby Brister, Joe Prokop, Ray Lucas, Doug Brien, Kellen Clemens, and Reggie Hodges.
NY Jets Coach Rex Ryan
Sanchez Tat w/ Big Shirt
1/6/2013 3:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan ditched the shirtless look that made headlines on Friday ... instead opting for a giant t-shirt on Saturday as he lounged on the beach with his wife in the Bahamas.
Big Rex set the NY tabloids on fire when he was seen sporting a tattoo on his right arm of his wife wearing only a jersey of embattled Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
Tattoo or no tattoo, we prefer our Rex with as much clothing on as possible.
Thanks to our friends at the NY Daily News for the pic.
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll
I'm Not Gonna Pull
a Rex Ryan
1/5/2013 7:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Is winning the Super Bowl, as a rookie quarterback, enough to make Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll get a tattoo of Russell Wilson on his arm?
Tattoos of quarterbacks is a hot topic since it was discovered yesterday that Rex Ryan, head coach of the hapless New York Jets, has a tattoo on his arm of his wife ... wearing nothing but a Mark Sanchez jersey.
We posed the question to Carroll today as he gets ready to take on the NFC East champion Washington Redskins tomorrow. His answer was short, sweet and to the point.
Nothing personal, Russ.
Coach Rex Ryan
My Wife LOVES Sanchez
On My Tattoo, Anyway
1/4/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan just unveiled a bizarre tattoo that tells Mark Sanchez ... your QB job is 100% secure -- and also my wife totally digs you!
Sexy Rexy was spotted on the beach in the Bahamas with a tattoo on his right arm of a woman -- who looks a lot like Rex's wife Michelle Ryan -- wearing a #6 Jets jersey ... aka Mark's jersey.
After the Jets' horrendous season there's been talk that Sanchez could be traded ... so the ink could simply be a vote of confidence.
All fair questions ... considering Rex and Michelle's alleged fetish history.
We don't know if the tat is permanent, but it's worth nothing ... no Tim Tebow ink.
UPDATE: Upon further review the woman seems to be "Tebowing" (she also seems to be wearing no underwear). So ... mixed message?
Taylor Swift & Harry Styles
His Ship Has Sailed
... onto His Arm!
12/19/2012 8:35 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Like a good elder girlfriend, Taylor Swift, 23, chaperoned her current boyfriend Harry Styles to get his latest tat in West Hollywood on Tuesday.
With Taylor clinging to his side, the 18-year-old One Direction singer got an image of a huge ship inked on his left upper arm at the ever popular Shamrock Tattoo.
While Harry is no stranger to body art, he's so far managed to avoid getting Taylor's name etched permanently into his flesh.
Pretty funny -- considering the bad boy in Taylor's new music video "I Knew You Were Trouble" gets a very similar tattoo ... and the song's all about how he broke her heart (surprise).
Kat Von D
I'm RIDDING Jesse James
from My Body
12/7/2012 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Remember when Kat Von D vowed to NEVER remove her tattoo of Jesse James' face even though they broke up?? 'Memba that? Well ... she just changed her mind.
Kat just posted a photo showing a laser beam blasting away at the portrait of a young Jesse that Kat had inked on to her rib cage back when they were dating.
When they broke up last year, Kat told us the tat had "a lot of meaning" ... and she wanted to keep it to preserve the memory.
But Kat has obviously had a change of heart ... and paid a visit to Dr. Tattoff. She also tweeted, "AND SO IT BEGINS! First round of tattoo removal well underway! :)"
No word on why Kat changed her mind ... but we're guessing a giant portrait of the ex-boyfriend doesn't sit well with the current boyfriend.
'One Direction' Stud
My New Tattoo
Is Out of Styles
11/9/2012 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"One Direction" singer Harry Styles just got the most awesome pair of tattoos -- if the year was 1996! Then again ... someone in our newsroom has the same knack for timely ink.
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One Direction Stud
Strips Down for Tat Session
11/8/2012 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
As if One Direction singer and teenage-heart exploder Harry Styles needs another excuse to take his shirt off -- but he did it anyway last night ... to pump his skin with ink.
18-year-old Styles -- who already has several tats -- stripped down at Shamrock Tattoo in West Hollywood for the new ink job ... while a crowd of girls ogled him from outside.
According to reports, Harry's tat session consisted of sparrows and a couple of stars.
The British boy band is currently in L.A. for a special performance on "X Factor" tonight.
I've ALMOST Rid My
Body of Tony Parker
10/22/2012 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Eva Longoria has a nasty red blotch on the back of her neck -- and she's probably THRILLED about it ... 'cause it used to be a tattoo of her ex-husband's basketball jersey number.
Back in January, Longoria began laser treatments to erase 3 Tony Parker-inspired tats -- the "NINE" tattoo ... the wedding date tattoo on her wrist ... and Tony's initials (which were put on a very private, undisclosed location).
Tattoo removal doesn't happen overnight -- it takes multiple sessions, which have to be spaced out over several months.
But judging by the way her neck looked in Bev Hills yesterday, Eva's body is just a couple more months away from being a fresh canvas again.
Michael C. Hall
'Dexter' Star Gets
Tatted Up in L.A.
10/2/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Dexter" star Michael C. Hall took a needle to the foot in Hollywood yesterday during an ink session at a Hollywood tattoo parlor ... and TMZ caught the whole thing on tape.
We spotted Hall at the True Tattoo shop in L.A. ... where an artist was working on a mysterious tat on the top of Michael's right foot.
On his way out of the parlor, we asked Hall about the design ... and he quipped back, "I'm just doctoring up my alien markings."
Check out the pic -- looks like he was telling the truth.
Roseanne Tattoo Was The
Worst Mistake of My Life
9/10/2012 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Arnold says tattooing Roseanne's face on his chest back in the day was the stupidest thing he's ever done -- this from a guy who once did a film called "Homo Erectus."
Arnold tells TMZ ... he got the tat back in 1994 in a last ditch effort to save his marriage ... but obviously his plan failed, big time.
In fact, Tom says he had to suffer through a year-and-a-half of painful lasers to get rid of the ink knowing ... "I'd never have sex with anyone until I got that removed."
But Tom's affair with STUPID tattoos didn't end with Roseanne -- the actor says he got Chinese characters on his leg years ago, because he thought it meant "love of mankind."
Turns out ... he was wrong ... at least according to Tom's "Cradle 2 the Grave" co-star Jet Li ... who translated the tat ... and said it means something totally different and way more hilarious.
Check out the video -- pretty funny stuff.
The "Silverback" Gets
a Silverback on His Back
7/23/2012 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams is 6'5" and weighs 318 pounds, so just imagine how much ink was used to slap a gigantic tattoo on his back.
WIlliams -- whose self-annointed nickname is "The Silverback" due to his aforementioned massive size -- got the tat a few months back of ... what else ... a silverback gorilla.
The ink cost Williams around $3,000 (plus a "nice tip") ... courtesy of Sergio Garcia at Ultimate Designz in Miami. We're told Williams had to sit through two separate seven-hour sessions ... which he took like a champ.
Hard to imagine a man that size crying.
Get a Mario Kart Tattoo
7/6/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama mia! Sean Kingston loves Mario Kart so much ... the singer tattooed a giant freaking memorial to the video game on his arm ... and the pics are kind of awesome.
King posted the photos on Twitter the other day -- showing his new suped-up Mario Kart inkjob in progress inside his L.A. home ... courtesy of a local tattoo artist named Peter Koskela.
We're told the tat cost Sean a total of $1,250, and took 5 uncomfortable hours to complete.
File it under things Sean will probably regret in 20 years.