Nick Hill’s Spartan tattoo sets the standard for college football ink

Graham Watson

College football players and tattoos can be a dangerous combination. I think we're all still trying to figure out what Alabama quarterback (and newly MVP of the BCS championship game) A.J. McCarron was thinking when he got his chest tattoo.

But Michigan State redshirt freshman running back Nick Hill has officially set the standard by which all college football players' tattoos will now be judged.

Hill's design is simple. It's a Spartan straight out of the movie "300" and runs the length of Hill's right oblique. The menacing Spartan has a helmet, cape, spear, shield and loin armor. It even has clouds as a bit of an accent to make the whole thing look quite artistic. The thing had to cost a fortune because the detail is immaculate right down to the adornments on the loin armor. It also had to be unbelievably painful. Credit tattoo artist Solomon Trofatter at Splash of Color Tattoos in East Lansing, Mich., for this fine work.

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It truly is a thing of beauty and puts Jerel Worthy's Spartan tattoo to shame. I feel like all Michigan State players should be required to have this tattoo in solidarity.

I guess it's fair to assume that Hill, the team's top kick returner who will be the top speed running back heading into the spring, has no plans to ever transfer from Michigan State. And it could become an intimidation tool in the courtroom for the pre-law major.

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