Written By Neymar Jr. Comics on Nov 22, 2019, Posted in Neymar Jr. Comics
Tattoos are the most permanent form of self-expression. Ink eternally stained onto one’s skin requires great trust in the tattoo artist.
Fortunately for Neymar Jr., he has two tattoo artists he trusts explicitly.
Adão Rosa and Thieres Paim have combined to do most of Neymar Jr.’s scores of tattoos. Both Brazilian artists have huge followings, but none more popular than Neymar Jr. himself.
Adão Rosa, founder of Nautica Tattoo, has done more than two dozen Neymar Jr. tattoos.
Adão Rosa got his first tattoo at the age of 12 (with parental consent) and started his career creating Henna on the beaches of Santos, with no tattoo or even artistic skills of note. But he dreamed big.
His big breakthrough came when he first tattooed Neymar Jr. The two first met when Neymar Jr. was a teenager and the footballer soon had Adão Rosa ink tattoos honoring his mother, Nadine, and sister, Rafaella.
“Undoubtedly it was a watershed,” Adão Rosa said of Neymar’s first visit. “It opened many doors and we managed to change our lives.”
Over the years, Adão Rosa and Neymar Jr. formed a special relationship. The latter even tattooed his own signature onto the former.
Now with more than half a million followers on Instagram, Adão Rosa has a following so devout, one father of sought him out for his son, thinking the artist had mystical powers that could help the hopeful athlete reach the next level.
Football stars Philippe Coutinho, Davi Alves, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, Vinícius Júnior and Radja Nainggolan have all been tattooed by Adão Rosa, who now owns five studios — four in Brazil and one in Rome, Italy.
Perhaps no other tattoo artist is as closely linked to Neymar Jr. as Thieres Paim, creator of many of Neymar Jr.’s largest and most recognizable tattoos.
Thieres Paim, who has a studio in Santos, Brazil, and works with Nautica Tattoo, inked the “Giant By Nature” tattoo across his chest. Neymar Jr. flew the artist to Paris to do the huge Batman and Spiderman tattoos on his back, which took two days to complete.
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A specialist in realistic, black-and-white tattoos, Thieres Paim’s work is stunning — it’s no wonder he’s become a favorite of Neymar Jr., including tattoos of the faces of Neymar Jr.’s son and mother. Ederson, Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and many more have sought out the artist’s expertise.
The series “Inked” would be remarkably different if not for Thieres Paim. The tattoo artist is responsible for creating the lion tattoo that became the inspiration for the character Baysan.
While still more of an up-and-coming artist when compared to Adão Rosa with just over 200,000 Instagram followers, it’s clear Neymar Jr. trusts Thieres Paim as much as any artist.
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