Fil-Am gives 49ers superstar a 'banig'-inspired tattoo

Posted at 02/11/13 5:42 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - San Francisco 49ers superstar Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist is another Filipino.

The Superbowl may be over, but the upset loss of the San Francisco 49ers is still the "rumbling talk" among sports enthusiasts not only in the football world but also in the ink world.

Quarterback Kaepernick's latest addition to his ink collection is a tribal design tattooed by another Filipino artist of the Humble Beginnings tattoo parlor in San Jose, California.

Orly Locquiao's name created a stir among NFL fans when Kaepernick announced that he added another tattoo before flying to Atlanta for a private training camp.

Locquiao described the pattern inked as a “banig” inspired pattern, and Polynesian mold that symbolizes family and power.

“The tattoo that he wanted to have on his chest is he does want to really have the strength to have and overcome the obstacles,” said Locquiao.

Locquiao says that Kaepernick's tattoo session lasted for 6 hours, and didn't finish until 2:30 in the morning.

“He was really happy with the outcome. He was really thankful for the new tattoo. When you get a new tattoo it almost changes your new body, your appearance. Well it does because its something permanent,” he said.

Aside from Kaepernick, Locquiao also inked 49ers' Ricky Francois and Larry Grant.

Locquiao, as a graphic artist, started his “humble beginnings” in his parent's garage. He has been in the ink business for 17 years. He says that Kaepernick's visit is a boon for his businesses, not only for his tattoo shop, but also for his “cukui” clothing line.

“It helped a lot for the sales of the clothing line and for tattooing also,” he said.

Orly dreams of inking Hollywood actor and WWE star Dwayne “The Rock" Johnson.