SI responds to Danica tattoo flap

February 26, 2009
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After this post, there will be a self-imposed moratorium on Danica Patrick-related news on The Score. Even I can see we’ve gotten a little carried away. But Sports Illustrated’s response to the Danica tattoo flap that surfaced two weeks ago is just too good to pass up. And this isn’t a swipe at Patrick. It’s just that I find SI’s response intriguing on so many levels.

In case you’ve forgotten, the flap revolves around a tattoo on the small of Patrick’s back. Last year, SI left it in the photos that were in the Swimsuit Issue, this year, the tattoo was digitally removed.

“The Swimsuit Issue emphasizes natural beauty,” an SI spokesman told CNBC. “The freckles are left on and, in this case, the tattoos came off.”

I don’t think anyone confuses the Swimsuit Issue for anything resembling journalism, so I really don’t care that much that a tattoo of a half American flag, half checkered flag on Patrick’s lower back was airbrushed. Apparently, I’m not alone. Fifty two percent of just more than 3,300 voting in a poll said they didn’t have a problem with SI removing the tattoo. Patrick herself is on record saying she didn’t mind that it was removed.

It is interesting that SI editors find it more natural to publish phonied-up photos than to show things as they really are. But I must confess, what I know about fashion, and fashion shoots, could fit in a very small thimble.

What I do know is that the issue of Danica's tattoos has been covered by countless media outlets worldwide, and that shows what a global icon Patrick has become. True, this in particular coverage has little to do with her ability as an open-wheel driver, but it is good for the Indy Racing League nonetheless.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.
  • HOLy COw DAnicle got a tatoo on her flap? MAn oh man ID liek to see that. WEars her falp at anyways?

    I sure hopes she dont bolt on the IRl and head to the FOrmla ONe. SPecially now that shes a golbal icon. LIke TOney GOrge.
  • And the inteligence of the TG haters lives on.

    SI honestly said they emphasizes natural beauty? So are they saying none of their models are surgically enhanced? That everything they have is as God gave it to them? Please, like we are supposed to believe that.
  • Yes! point taken. Enhanced indeed!
  • I think they gave aher a front end job, and a smile too.

    I knowed she ain't got neither athem naturlly. :gomer:
  • Good job noticin' DaGomer. She got that ther tat jist fer you!
  • berwickguy=the real BiFford. :lol:
  • DaGomer - That's Buford to you buddy!!!
  • Don't be hatin on SI for doctoring up photos. Racer magazine has been doing it for years for the IRL. In some of its phonied IRL photos, they even go so far as to insinuate there is a crowd in the stands.

    Keeping it real, from the southside.
  • Southside represent YO!~

    I be hangin wit my WESSIDE speedtucky Cru!

    needs more rickytreadway

  • Danica Kournapatrick

    Not that there's anything wrong with that
  • check out what ricky has been up to these days. antnee - maybe you need to do a story on these morAns...

    i am NOT kidding, there is a whole bunch of stoopid in here, and it is eggzackly on tarcget with the IMS bootlickers beliefs.
  • Ahhh, Dahooey, the reason the delete button was invented.
  • Wicky Treadway, Tyce Carlson, Jeret Schroeder, Special Ed, Quattro, Dr Jack, Shiggy,....

    Shouldn't be on the track at FastTime's let alone Indianapolis. The biggest posers in the history of racing pollute the Indy Reject League history books.

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