SI deletes flag tattoo from Patrick

February 18, 2009
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danicaSIDanica Patrick didn’t quite bare all in her most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. While there was an abundance of skin on display, there was one thing that didn’t show up; a tattoo on the small of Patrick’s back. The tattoo was of all things—an American flag.

Officials for Sports Illustrated acknowledged digitally removing Patrick’s tattoo. Patrick’s handlers said she was aware of the touch up before the photos were published and was fine with the adjustments. This is Patrick’s second consecutive year in the SI swimsuit issue. The tattoo was visible in last year’s SI photos, one of which is shown here. SI officials offered no explanation for the decision to remove the stars-and-stripes on Patrick’s back this year.

This isn’t the first time an athlete has had a tattoo removed in a photo. A decade ago, a photo editor controversially digitally removed a neck tattoo and earrings from a cover photo of basketball player Allen Iverson. And photos have been air brushed long before modern computers made it as easy as punching a button. But is the removal of an American flag tattoo on Patrick’s back OK with you?
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  • Who's looking at her tatoo anyway??

    Seriously, though, I wish she would concentrate on improving her driving.
  • Danica has a tramp stamp? There's a shocker.
  • What woman does not have one? Very few any more.

    Is there really an issue here or another chance to start a squabble between the IMS supporters and haters? Ok, SI publishes the magazine, they got Danicas approval. I guess there should be no issue. If SI deleted because they hate the US and the flag, then there may be an issue. Until then, they deleted a tattoo that marred an otherwise hot backside.
  • Why would it be presumed that an American flag, or an image of an American flag mars anything. Obviously, Danica didn't feel it marred her back, or she wouldn't have put it there. Big mistake by SI in my opinion. You can't be any kind of journalistic publication if you are altering reality. On the one hand you have SI reporter Selena Roberts running around hounding A-Rod for the truth, and on the other hand, you've got an SI editor trying to cover up the truth through this Danica photo. It doesn't work both ways.
  • From past photos I've seen (not that I looked!) it's pretty clear that the tattoo design is actually half of an American flag (left) combined with half of a checkered flag (right). So anyone who is offended by such an unpatriotic act by SI should probably know this before rushing to judgment. IBJ should have verified the tattoo design before publishing this story.
  • I must admit she looks good, but it still feels a little b-league for the IRL. No such thing as bad pub i guess, especially when you're getting NO pub.

    As for S-I's journalistic intergrity? What integrity? Altering the truth -- now you cannot even trust a photo. Both shameless and shameful.
  • Bundy I think you are being a bit picky - I have looked in other stories which refer to the tattoo an American flag rather than an American flag morphing into a checkered flag.
    I think the bigger issue is maybe not the actual tat but the airbrushing out of body art and whether that is right.
  • Bush league? What sport does not sexify its members?
  • It was rightly pointed out by another poster that the tattoo on Danica Patrick's back is actually of an American flag morphing into or fading into a checkered flag. I have had this verified by multiple sources.
  • Indyman, you must live on the Westside or something because no women in my neighborhood have tramp stamps. Its low-rent, not well thought out spur-of-the-moment crap like that that defines a woman.

    Personally, I dislike any tattoos on anyone, but Danicle has a right to scuzzy up herself if she wants, so SI should have left it alone.

    And BTW - that tramp stamp is not the ONLY thing they airbrushed on her, iykwim. ;)
  • No big deal.
    Nothing like Racer mag photochopping crowd pics to make it appear as though people were filling the stands at an earl farce. That sort of nonsense won't likely happen now that TG isn't funding that stupid magazine anymore. :lol:
  • Here comes the parade of lost-in-the-past, name callers. Always finding a way to insenitively demean someone else without care or concern.

    Hooey, her name is DANICA. Perhaps you should learn to spell before you criticize someone for making decisions for which they don't have to ask your permission. Agreed, I wish the tats were still reserved for sailors, soldiers and tramps as you refer to them. Reality says most young Americans see those as a mark of identity, of difference, like it or not. Thank goodness Danica has had the good sense to keep hers to a minimum, unlike many young women these days.

    If it were your daughter who had that tat, would you be referring to it in her presence constantly as a tramp stamp? So why pick on Danica?

    Oh, and just curious, have you had the opportunity to perform full body check ups on ALL the women in YOUR neighborhood to back up your statement that none of them have tats?
  • I've had a few complaints about references to Tony George as FTG. I think we all know what the F stands for, and apparently it's offensive to some folks. So please from here forward make my life a little easier, and refrain from using the aforementioned initials. TG is fine. I don't think this impedes on anyone's freedom of speech, expression or otherwise keeps you from expressing your viewpoints. Again, Thanks for reading.
  • Thanks Anthony, hopefully that will send some of the children back to the other papers boards.

    Da Hooey,

    Do you honestly think tramp stamps are only for low rent woman? Wow, they are everywhere. From the mansions of Carmel to the penthouses of downtown to the McMansions of Center Grove. It is unfortunate, but a definite trend for women of all ages and economic standings. My favorite quote abo
    ut tattoos comes from Jimmy Buffett. It is a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.
  • Can someone tell Ms Danica Kornikova Patrick that if she wants to be taken seriously as a driver she would not be doing these shoots or the godaddy.com ads. She will never win a 500 unless all the other drivers are not there.
  • Well, let me play devil's advocate. What if it's just Danica, Milka and Sarah ... and throw in Ed Carpenter too. Will Danica still not win? Ok, what if it's just Danica and Milka. Still not win then? Just asking.
  • I don't know, 4th is pretty darn close to winning a 500. And she is no where close to the wait many Indycar drivers had to get their first win there.

    2ad, if you want to put some money, I am willing to wager that she will win the 500.

    The funny thing is so many here want to make it seem like if you do not win Indy in your first 5 races, then you are a loser. I guess you would say the same about Dale Sr. who took 20 years to do that. Or Dan Marino who never won a Superbowl. Sorry, but to win any IRL race and to come in 4th at Indy after leading late in the race is an accomplishment. Something everyone here could only dream of.
  • Good post, Indyman:

    Here are some Indycar favorites and how many years it took them to get their first win, let alone the 500:

    Lloyd Ruby - 4 years to get 1st win, 7 years to get 2nd
    Wally Dallenbach - 9 years to get 1st win
    Dan Gurney - 6 years to get 1st win
    Sam Hanks - 11 years to get 1st win
    Art Pollard - 5 years to get 1st win
    Roger McCluskey - 8 years to get 1st win
    Paul Tracy - 5 years to get 1st win
    Tom Sneva - 6 years to get 1st win
    Jimmy Vasser - 9 years to get 1st win
    Arie Luyendyk - 12 years to get 1st win

    As you'll recognize, these drivers are but a few of the most popular drivers ever to race at the Speedway and only 3 of this list ever won the Indy 500.

    So, cut Danica some slack already. Maybe she won't, but I'll bet she'll be a lot more like ol Lloyd Ruby and keep on trying till it hurts, but I could be wrong.
  • Sorry, a correction and an addition. I meant to say Dale Jr. took 20 years to win Daytona 500, the pinnacle of his sport.

    The addition I meant to add, is Michael Andretti a loser because he never won Indy?
  • I’ve had a few complaints about references to Tony George as FTG. I think we all know what the F stands for, and apparently it’s offensive to some folks. So please from here forward make my life a little easier, and refrain from using the aforementioned initials. TG is fine.


    I am shocked. Can't imagine which group of constant whiners complained. :lol:
    Fine. I can be creative.
    That was very dumb of them. Bwa ha ha ha...

    Btw, I'd like to officially register my complaint with people referring to the Memorial Day event at IMS as the Indy 500 or similar. What has gone on there starting in 1996 to the present is an abject fraud. I am offended, and demand my reparations. :)
  • I meant to say Dale Jr. took 20 years to win Daytona 500,

    Even when attempting to correct yourself you can't get anything right. :lol: Gomer.
  • Once again Stan retreats to his usual hiding place, the lowest common denominator he knows - name calling. Ok, you get your reparations, go away and stay away with your funky attitude.
  • Hey, Stan, btw, if you want to complain, perhaps you should call Roger Penske, Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Chip Ganassi, Carl Haas, Eric Bachelart, Dennis Reinbold, A J Foyt, Patrick Dempsey, Greg Beck, Sarah Fisher, Dale Coyne, Steve Luczo, Jimmy Vasser, Keith Wiggins, John Barnes, countless other owners, mechanics, drivers, team members, support personnel, and the several hundred thousand REAL racing fans throughout the midwest that flock to the Speedway and the parade each year. Perhaps you would like to spout your bogus complaints to them and see what happens when you get shouted down and shudder in the gutter you live in. Have a nice day!
  • Michael Andretti is certainly a loser in my books. When you are a millionaire and have no freinds, zero respect from your employees, and have turned your back on everything and everyone in your life....yes, you are a loser. Its a bit like Tony George.

    and yes, I have inspected all of the women in my neighborhood. I only have 2 other houses in my neighborhood, one is 2 gay guys and the other is my sister and her husband. I trust my sister when she tells me she has no tattoos, and I especially trust my brother in law to tell me the truth as well. :lol:

    Berwickguy: Danica is a public figure, just like ARod or Brod or CRod or whoever. She is a fool in MY eyes, a crappy driver in MANY peoples eyes, but if she does something for you, well, then good for you. I have had the distinct pleasure of seeing her temper tantrums first hand, and it is GOLDEN. For that, I give thanks to her. As a serious race fan, I think she reeks of all that is wrong with Open wheel racing in America today. You want to put guys like Jimmy Vasser, Wally D DAN GURNEY PT and Sneva on the same level as her?


    Well, go right ahead. she's a bad gimmick in an even worse folly of a complete idiot. Go read RM's latest column, and you shall see the truth.

    Have a nice evening, I'm going to make sure my wife didn't get a toatoo today. :lol:
  • My post was not to put Danica on the same level as those that came before her. Two points - many of them are still involved in some capacity (Vasser, Unser, Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford, etc). That fact in itself tends to dismiss the illogic and hatred spewed by Stan. Second point, legends such as Lloyd Ruby, for example, I don't think any of the women in motorsports could have competed in that era - too physically demanding - the technology advancements have made it possible for Danica and Sarah to compete.

    What I was trying to get across is when and if they have competetive equipment and occasionally an advantage, they should be able to tick off an win here or there, if they are as good as they say they are and are promoted to be. If not, we'll see, because as the example stated, some of the best took even several years before they got their first win.

    If I had my druthers, certainly I would take the old days with the guys mentioned above, but today is what it is, like it or not, and I am willing to give those involved the benefit of the doubt. If they prove themselves, great, if not others will feel justified in their disrespect. After all, it does take a great degree of guts and stamina to place yourself in one of those cars, assuming the many dangers, and competing at the speeds they travel. Most women don't have that cutting edge, nor do most men for that matter. I'm willing to cut those that participate some slack. Perhaps others should as well.
  • Stan,

    Thanks for catching that screw up as well. I certainly appreciate you looking out for me. If that is the worst mistake I make this week, then I can live with it.

    Of course it does not change facts. So when does the c?rt/ccws/owrs season start? Still waiting for one of the series fans to send me the schedule. I mean that is real racing, push to pass, special tires, the cars and the stars, how could you not love it? How could it not succeed?
  • Stan,

    Gomer says, GOOOOOOOOOOLY, SHAZAM, SGT STAN, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE! SURE SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT POUNDED!!!!
  • She has not ever lost her top you say?

    My website will show you miss Patrick TOPLESS , if you go around the site you will find the strip-tease pictures hidden in the text (illegal according to Google :( )
  • OH MY GOD THANKS FOR SHARING DANICA PATRICK'S TOPLESS PICTURES!
  • THANKS #28
  • Danica Patrick is very sexy in swimsuits..wow nice photos..i am a big fan of Danica Patrick. for more sexy hot bikini and swimsuit Pictures of Patrick and Sexy tennis players please visit..

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