Rex Ryan's tattoo bites Rob Ullman's style

January, 4, 2013
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By now you've probably heard about Jets coach Rex Ryan's unusual tattoo, which appears to show his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey.

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Courtey of Rob UllmanArtist Rob Ullman's style of using pinups wearing sports jerseys is similar to Rex Ryan's tattoo.
But here's the thing: Ryan's tat looks a lot like the work of Rob Ullman, an illustrator and cartoonist who just happens to specialize in pinup-style illustrations of sexy babes wearing sports jerseys. In fact, Ullman takes commissions from guys who hire him to create jersey-clad portraits of their wives and girlfriends, and from women who hire him to create portraits of themselves for their husbands and boyfriends.

All of which leads us to the inevitable question: Did Rex Ryan hire Rob Ullman to create the image for his tattoo? Or did someone poach one of Ullman's images?

"No, not exactly," Ullman says. "I've been looking through my own archives, and while I've found a couple images that are similar to Rex's tattoo, I can't find any pose that looks exactly like it. So I don't think it's a direct swipe. But the legs and the hair kind of look like the way I draw legs and hair, if that makes any sense. Also, when you consider how horrible certain aspects of the drawing are [the hands, mainly], you get the feeling that this drawing wasn't created by the most competent artisan."

Rex Ryan, if you're reading this and want to get a proper tattoo image done by a guy who knows how to do it right (and who won't use a Mark Sanchez jersey), you can contact Rob Ullman here.

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