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Tattoo Artist Says He Inked Rex Ryan, Posts Photo To Instagram

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It sure looks like Rex Ryan’s tattoo is the real deal.

The New York Daily News ran a photo on Friday of the Jets coach, sunbathing in the Bahamas, sporting an interesting choice of ink on his right arm. The tattoo was of a woman, resembling his wife Michelle, wearing just a jersey with Mark Sanchez’s No. 6.

The debate was instant, hot and heavy: Permanent? Temporary? Does it matter?

Tattoo artist Eugene Taase later posted what appeared to be photographic proof to his Instagram page: an alternate close-up of the tattoo.

Taase said he tattooed the image for Ryan in 2010.

“Btw, it’s a fan drawing he brought in himself, we just agreed on changing the number from 8 to 6!!! Lol,” Taase wrote.

Local apparel brand Crosstown New York unearthed and tweeted Taase’s post on Monday morning. Crosstown put a T-shirt based on Ryan’s tattoo up for sale on Sunday.

Jets defensive end Mike DeVito couldn’t verify the authenticity of Ryan’s tattoo to WFAN radio on Friday, saying he had never seen or heard whispers of Ryan having it.

Are you now convinced that it’s real? Be heard in the comments!