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The tattoos Pitino REALLY wanted


Rick Pitino finally gave in and drank the Louisville Cardinal potion (WARNING: Do not consume while pregnant or operating vehicles and/or heavy machinery) and lost his tattoo virginity. You can see the fine piece of art in the photo above, but what not many people realize is that the Old English ‘L’ was not Pitino’s first choice for his first ink.

No, Pitino had other ideas for his back tattoo, but for whatever reason — our guess is Jurich — he went with the stereotypical UofL tattoo.

Here are a two examples of what Pitino’s tattoo would’ve looked like, had he been the one to pick the design:

pitino-karen pitino-forde

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

97 Comments for The tattoos Pitino REALLY wanted

  1. Mr.Economy
    2:04 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Total fail now for sure………………..the tat has hit yahoo front page…..(just the wrong one)

    Mr. Economy

  2. Rick Pitino
    2:05 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    The palest ink is better than the sharpest memory.

    -Chinese Proverb

    Remember that ish UK.

  3. bhoward
    2:06 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Hey UK fans——Don’t “hate” on this tattoo too much. If your boy Calipari got one, you would think it was cute. Just something to think about. If they can avoid the NIT next year and they win it, ole’ Cal might just get one.

  4. 8, soon to be 9
    2:08 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    So, when is he getting the tattoo for the 1996 title?

  5. Dale Scudder
    2:08 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I heard the tattoo needle caught hepatitis C from Ricky P’s skin…

  6. Will
    2:08 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Not shocked at all. Congratulations, we won! What should be do? Get a Tattoo! Louisville….haha

  7. xkgh
    2:11 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    4 – quality, my friend. any tattoo calipari got would not be the louisville “L” with their average record, therefore it would be exponentially less embarrassing. who gets five losses tattooed on their body? smh.

  8. jimbob
    2:11 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations, we won! What should we do? Let’s give championship rings to rappers that helped us recruit players! Lexington … haha.

  9. Joe
    2:13 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    You stay classy Louisville.

  10. AK
    2:15 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    The problem with this tat, is not that it is UofL as much as it is that we didn’t need to see so much of him to appreciate the tat.

  11. dude
    2:15 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #3 blowhard- the fact you quoted “hate” and used perfect punctuation and spelling tells me this might be the first time you’ve been on a message board. welcome to the interwebs, my man

  12. Mr.Economy
    2:15 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    News Flash……….Roy Williams just had Andrew Wiggins face tattooed on his chest….

    All in – Carolina Blue…………

    (and it still won’t help)

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    2:16 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    3- Were tattoo guns even invented in 1986?

  14. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    2:16 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why not show these bull shit pictures some more?

  15. Cats, Cats, Cats
    2:17 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Aw, #9, don’t hate because UK is the “IT” school………..for celebrities as well as blue-chip recruits.

  16. fencepost
    2:17 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink


  17. dude
    2:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #10 so true

  18. EC
    2:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    In Rupp next year, Fiftino and all the Dirty Birds will have “Wilson” tattooed on their foreheads from all the blocks and dunks Randle and company be throwing down

  19. UofLFan
    2:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    If calipari got one you guys would think it was genius. Just like Drake getting a ring, what did he do for the team again? Haters gonna hate. You have 4 topics on him getting a tattoo. Is this LSR, Louisville Sports Radio.

  20. Cats, Cats, Cats
    2:19 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Make that #8 now – jimbob.

  21. RICK
    2:19 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I heard Rick had a picture of Karen Tattooed on his p****inky.

  22. Rockfield, KY
    2:21 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Banging skanks and gettin tatted up. Thats what UL does! L yeah!

  23. WestEndN
    2:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    We were jealous of UK when Pitino was at UK, now we jealous of Cal. We jus gla Ricky representin. But if he was our boy he wuld of got ink on his neck.

  24. typical
    2:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    why would louisville have a sports radio website? You really need a bigger demand than the cards fans can offer.

  25. UKDMD
    2:24 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    And so it begins…

    They make it too easy.

  26. frank
    2:25 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    louisville fans are so ashamed of this they can’t stop coming onto this site to see what we’re saying

  27. dude
    2:25 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    UK fans making fun of its old coach makes sense for getting tattooed at the age of 60 makes sense. A UL fan trolling UK message boards to comment on UK fans making fun of its old coach for getting tattooed at the age of 60, does not.

  28. MA
    2:25 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    2012 Championship Tophy tours the state for fans to join in celebration. 2013 championship trophy will be visiting your local tattoo shop soon! So trashy!

  29. Krispy Kreme
    2:26 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Matt must have a hard time walking with all the UofL fans stuck to his crack. Do they have a website?

    UK would have five coaches with tats so it wouldn’t be very original.

  30. fencepost
    2:27 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Pi****ky heck if he could go more then 3 sec> he could have a Tatoo like mine Shorty’s Truck Stop bar & Grill Chattanooga, Tennesses on the p***r

  31. OUCH
    2:27 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Bleeds blue, but inks red.

  32. BlueFins
    2:29 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #19 No, it would still be trashy if Cal got one last year or next year. What I find kind of disturbing is the fact that Ricky not only disrespects his wife but disrespects the NC Trophy. What’s next, taking the trophy to Porcini’s?

  33. UofLFan
    2:30 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #24 just saying, the truth hurts. I visit here often because I know whenever something good or bad happens to louisville I can read about it here. Your writers always write about Louisville. You never see that type of stuff over at cardchronicle.

  34. Shark Attack Mountain
    2:30 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why troll? There needs to be a documentary on trolls and what motivates them to do so.

    I just picked up a bucket of KFC, heading home to troll a fan site. derp.

  35. UofLFan
    2:33 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #32 So its trashy to have tattoo’s? most of your players have tattoos does that make them trashy?

  36. clint
    2:34 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, very good on this tatto thing! #33 8 (soon to be 9) to 3. Nuff said!!!!!

  37. LOL
    2:37 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    At least the players had the proper motivation for winning the title. Here is a quote from ESPN article. “Our biggest motivation,” senior guard Peyton Siva said after the victory, “was to get coach a tattoo.”

  38. DTB
    2:39 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    First off 23) WestEndN, I literally have no idea what you just said. The keyboard your using has the same letters on it as all others do, use the appropriately.
    That being said all Louisville fans should reconsider their Internet surfing patterns. This website is called Kentucky Sports Radio. You see, this site is about University of Kentucky topics, teams, ramblings, and jargon. Not Louisville Sports Radio, but Kentucky Sports Radio. So try leaving.
    Ole Ricky Three Pumps tattoo classy! The reason Cal would never do this is because Cal is the coach for Kentucky. Kentucky expects Championships.
    To all Louisville fans and fellow flat billers be celebratory today, tomorrow, and months to come. Ricky three pumps is officially yours. Old English L and all.

  39. blue suede shoes
    2:40 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I like how the 2013 is not in a straight line. The tat artist is not used to tatting old men. The skin is WAY tighter when he was leaning over.

  40. tattoosaregreat
    2:44 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #35 Tattoos are not trashy, just anything with the old english “L”. (and most of the people who would wear such garbage.)

  41. BlueFins
    2:45 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #35 Sorry, in general tattoo’s aren’t trashy. But Rick getting a tat is. #33 And we don’t see anything like that on TardChronicle because be don’t go on that site.

  42. dude
    2:48 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #33 can’t confirm that card chronicle doesn’t write stuff about UK because I don’t troll that site.

  43. Richie Farmer's Ethics Coach
    2:48 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky fans have a way of making UNC fans look like decent and cool people.

  44. Is that a.....?
    2:51 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    It looks like a tongue licking a beat-up pink taco.

  45. Troll power
    2:52 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder Trolls unite! Form of……… Steam?

  46. UofLFan
    2:53 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #41 your fans troll our message boards all the time. Thats not the point, the point Im trying to make is our writers dont use tactics to critize other fanbases. As a fan, yes we do but people in sports writing world shouldn’t. Also explain to me how tattoos arent trashy but rick getting one is?

  47. barn
    2:58 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    41–tatoo’s aren’t trashy? maybe way back when, when mostly tatooed people were men who were in the military or had served in the military. the tatoos usually represented some point in their time of service. tatoos were rarely seen on women, except in the circus, and usually not on the neck or face, which is common nowadays. yeah, i’d say tatoos are mostly trashy today.

  48. SickRick
    2:58 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I am not a tatoo person, I do think some are trashy, but having a tatoo alone doesnt make you trashy. Its the combo of the liar, the 15seconds of fame,the traitor, yada yada yada… w/ the tatoo that makes it so trashy.
    Rick j/ taints everything w/ his trashy ways. When he drinks coconut water he makes that trashy, when he coaches he trashes that up, he basically eats and lives in a dumpster b/c he j/ litters his trash everywhere.

  49. yup
    2:59 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink


    I frequent Card Chronicle and they write about UK quite a bit. Just the latest example: Mike Rutherford devoted a big portion of the “Wednesday Evening Cardinal News” post to UK fandom’s reaction to Russ returning. Post is linked in my name.

  50. ?
    2:59 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #46) Do you mean your writer’s on that specific site, or all Louisville websites, sports blogs, etc.?

  51. jimbob
    2:59 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    you guys should really reconsider your internet surfing patterns. we are KENTUCKY sports radio. For KENTUCKY topics. Like 3 posts about KENTUCKY basketball coach RICK PITINO. So try leaving.

    I’m glad this is finally the final straw that broke the final back, and Pitino is finally Louisville’s, once and finally for all.

  52. 99 and 44/100% Pure Rich
    3:01 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    And don’t forget how this makes a great promo/testimonial for Bosley and Hair Club for men!!! RP says, “Helps to keep me young and trashy for 15 seconds anyway!!”

  53. Random
    3:01 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #46 Don’t worry, your fans post more than enough trash about UK to make up for it. I’ve seen many Louisville fan’s twitter accounts, when they aren’t posting #L1C4 or some other lame hashtag in every tweet they’re saying, NIT, Robert Morris, cheaters, rednecks, WWW, Calimari, Cayuts, or some other unclever name for Cal or UK fans.

  54. trolls
    3:03 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    saying uk fans troll on uofl websites is not an excuse to troll. Reasonable people would understand you dont rep the entire fan base, j/ a portion and yourself. You are j/ aligning yourself with bad fans.

  55. UofLFan
    3:04 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #47 I guess most of the guys on your athletic teams are trashy then? A lot of your bball players have tattoos. Am I taking what your saying is correct?

    #49 Did you notice the thread was still about UofL and Russ. What does Rick getting a tattoo have to do with anything UK?

  56. jimbob
    3:05 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    53 – more clever than “flat billers”???

  57. UofLFan
    3:06 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #54 you dont have to troll because you get all your news about louisville here.

  58. M
    3:07 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #44) LOL! I see it.

  59. M
    3:10 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #57) I’m with #50. Are you saying that all UL sports sites, blogs, etc don’t use tactics to criticize other fan bases?

  60. Bobbum man
    3:11 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I thought they were taking care of the troll problem….

  61. barn
    3:13 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    55–i’m not indicting everyone who has tattoos as trashy people. i’m saying that most of tattoos seen these days are gaudy and trashy looking. i’d like to be around in the future when the trend becomes uncool just to see how many of the kids caught up in the fad regret having something permanently painted onto their bodies. tattoos are a fashion statement now, but like all things fashionable, a few years or a few months from now they won’t be fashionable. just saying

  62. indians?
    3:14 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    uofl fans r like chris columbus “discovering” america and the native americans. They think they discovered bball in the 80s, but people have been doing it for years and have done a better job.

  63. Karen
    3:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Some story line it would make if Louisville’s Championship got vacated for NCAA violations

  64. Mindless Rick
    3:24 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    So comments on ESPN on this story indicate some admire Ricky for keeping his promises. Does that include those to his wife?
    Hope he keeps a ’96 tat off his 60 year old bod. And he better hope he stays on good terms with UL…

  65. bhoward
    3:24 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #11 (dude)- I just use good punctuation because I am intelligent….there is a lack of that in the world today. That’s why you don’t see it much.

  66. OK
    3:28 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    …more UofL post than UK post today.

  67. Magnum's Mustache
    3:34 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Look at all those angry looking red spots on Rick’s skin. Some strain of STD no doubt? I noticed the same spots on Pat Forde’s mouth the last time he was on ESPN. Hhhhmmmmmmmmmmm?

    3:44 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink


  69. BlueFins
    3:48 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Is it me or does anyone else think he looks like Mr. Burns?

  70. James K
    3:50 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I mean, does it get any easier? This is like picking on the super nerdy kid that doesn’t even realize he’s lobbing softballs over the plate. Hilarious stuff.

  71. Blue til i die
    3:56 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Rick is the one who regrets leaving UK. Maybe not right now at this moment but he has said it many times before. I’m sure he will much more in the future too. Another reason he got the tat. The only one he will ever get after leaving UK.

  72. D. Franklin's mom
    4:05 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    68. *YOU’RE

  73. Lil c
    4:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Ricks name should be stricken from Lexington forever! Take his name out of the rafters immediately!!!!!!! I urge everyone to call and email about this!! Lets get it done!!!!! #bbn4life

  74. Robert Morris
    4:31 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Sweet Ink!

  75. Jerk
    4:39 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    What the Frick is up with you all at KSR? Since when do we give a $hit what loserville does, you all are giving more coverage to them than the cats lately. So just choose a side, I don’t come on here to read this loserville crap, hate that bunch of scumbag losers and there skank riding coach, cant believe his old lady was there supporting him at the final four, is she some kind of moron loser or what? He banged everyone in Lexington and now has moved on to loserville….. She must be a big a skank as he is….

  76. jimbob
    4:40 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    70 – Get easier than finding pointless things to make fun of your National Champion rivals? Yeah, I imagine it would be easier if you make the tournament. LOL.

  77. Jerk
    4:45 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    What an accomplishment, 12 yrs to win a championship. To make it worse, they won in a year when everyone suck, the biggest down year I can ever remember in college basketball. Can see just why loserville hired him. Only 12 yrs, wow!

  78. Crumbs Baldspot
    4:46 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    That’s just Gross. Benatino Arnold

  79. taitor
    5:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Another in a long line of mistakes this man has made in recent years. Can’t wait to see him walking on Miami Beach with his tattoo and thong during his retirement days.

  80. kramer
    6:04 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Funny UL fans come here to get UK fans approval for everything they do!! Good for Pitino, good for UL, now they can be defending champs and have the big bullseye and expectations on them! Funny that all good things must come to an end, isn’t that what they say? UL’s run of good fortune will come to an end, it always does for everyone!

  81. Uoflfan
    6:10 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    # 77 why are you so mad? Little butt hurt bc we won the title and you lost first round in the NIT to Robert Morris.

  82. bhoward
    6:54 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    For you UofK fans that like to use the word “troll” for the UL fans (like me) that get on this site, here is why its done. There is always AT LEAST one story about UL on here at all times. IF its not a full story, then there is some pieces of text here and there. So, that’s why UL fans check it out. If the folks who write the stories leave UL out, then I wouldn’t check it out. I just wanted to educate everyone a little. Thanks for your time.

  83. Liver Spots
    6:57 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe he had me tattooed around that ugly L. Liver spots are beautiful when acquired naturally. Thanks for making me look stupid Mr. Fifteeno.

  84. Bmalone
    8:25 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a good one bhoward-Stay out if the NIT-that’s rich since Ricky P has guided you all there 3 times-if Cal gets one maybe its a 2X symbol since he got a ring last year-I’m just glad Ricky could get a red “L” since the last time you all one they only used Indian ink in black. Congrats you won one and deserve to party with your buds but don’t crack on the BBN cause we ain’t goin away and revenge is sweeter when the rival is runnin those chops-Big Brother had to step aside this year but don’t expect to make that a habit-UK isn’t the winningest program by going to the NIT-Big Brother will be back in full effect in 2013-14. Remember-don’t poke the sleeping bear-when he wakes up its your a$$ and the big bear is done hibernating.

  85. Chaz
    8:47 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I really wanted to paste some tats on Rupp, Joe B, Wooden, Knight, and Williams. Oddly enough, they don’t seem to have posted any shirtless photos. My loss, maybe the greats had too much dignity for the modern era.

  86. c-boy
    8:53 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    all tats aside.. who has had the better 4 years…cal with his 4 nba teams or rick who has the same number of final 4’s .. 1 title….and made it to the big dance every year while cal and his #1 recruiting class did not even make the tourney……love cals ego saying no to playing indiana on campus… he wanted to play them at lucas oil because that is where the regional’s were going to be and he wanted to get them ready because he knew they were going to be there for postseason. Funny how his postseason game was in a high school gym at robert morris while the cards were winning at RAPE arena. Can not believe you al hate Rick………he brought you back when you were the poster child for coruption in basketball # 3 preseason…1st round loss in nit….biggest fold and choke ever in the history of basketball

  87. c-boy
    9:03 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    any reply’s kitty cats… can not wait til next year…. the game is played on the court not by how many mcdonalds all americans you have or how many round draft pic you have.. if you go by that cal should have 3 national titles the last 4 yearts instead of one……15 draft pics …underachiever… ric 0 draft pics ..better results

  88. c-boy
    9:09 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    good thing cal did not get final 4 tatoos the 2 times he was there and it did not count…….maybe he could have covered it up with a pic of world wide wes after those 2 were vacated…….fed ex could send him the money to pay for it

  89. gottodoit
    9:10 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    L = low class. Can you imagine Mike Krzyzewski pulling a stunt like that?

    Take that jersey from the rafters and send it by UPS to Louisville: If they want to burn it because it says Kentucky on it, then at least we can agree on one thing – burn it.

  90. Chaz
    9:16 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    @ all c-boy’s. It’s after 9pm and you should go to bed now. be sure to use the bathroom before turning in.

  91. c-boy
    9:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I agree ..take ricks name from the rafters……and take the 96 championship banner from the rafters to

  92. c-boy
    9:27 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    chaz ….what are you trying to say.please tell me what you are trying to say

  93. c-boy
    9:31 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    chaz ..are you in the basement and your mom made you turn off your computer

  94. c-boy
    9:48 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    yes #77 biggest down year ever……. kentucky ..# 1 recruiting class………weak sec and still could not make the tourney…..noel goes down with injury and cats fold like a $2 dollar lawn chair…..ware goes down and team rally’s around him to kick dukes ass and win the title……………still waiting to hear from you chaz or you washing matt jones car

  95. Mikeandike
    10:51 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Cannot wait for next season’s game with the anointed champs…gonna be so funny to see them going down to the Cards yet again. Lets get it on!

  96. Trubluepopeye
    11:46 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    If there ever was a year for L-ville to have to vacate their wins? Now that would be beyond funny. Pitino has to vacate because Gorky had a agent in the Sudan or where ever he’s from?

  97. Davidstlouiscards
    1:14 am April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Always heard Rick was a little light in the loafers. Can’t wait to see his tramp stamp.