Face tattoos and motivation go hand in hand. Well, at least in the case of St. Louis Rams rookie Ethan Westbrooks. The defensive lineman opted for some face ink one day because he never wanted to work a normal job again.
The tattoo sits on his left cheek, and contains two faces – one smiling and one frowning – along with the words “Laugh now, cry later.”
Wesbtrooks discussed his reasoning with ESPN:
As explanations for facial tattoos go, Westbrooks at least offers something relatively easy to digest. The story goes that Westbrooks was working at a Toys “R” Us in Sacramento while playing football and going to school at Sacramento City Junior College. He didn’t like the job and decided when he quit that he had no intention of working a normal job again. So he went searching for a way to push himself to attain that goal. Somehow, he decided there was no better way to do that than to have a reminder staring him in the face every time he looked in the mirror.
“I was just like I might as well go ahead and get it on the face because if nothing else, it will help motivate me to either be a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job or hopefully I make it in the NFL and don’t have to work too hard to do something (else),’ Westbrooks said. ‘I don’t feel it’s a bad thing now. I don’t regret it. It speaks for itself.”
So there you have it, kids. Next time you want some ink but can’t get your parents to buy in, just tell them it’ll help you pursue your NFL dream.