CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The notion when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got here into the NFL as the highest choose of the 2011 draft was that then-owner Jerry Richardson would not permit him to get a tattoo.

Newton disputed that when it was revealed world-renowned tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy gave the 2015 NFL MVP his first tattoo on Monday, six months after Richardson bought the group to David Tepper.

“He NEVER mentioned I might NOT get a tattoo or develop my HAIR,” Newton posted Thursday on his Instagram story after information about his tattoo surfaced. “I used to be free to do WHATEVER I needed to do! I ought to have mentioned one thing the first time this got here up years in the past however I cannot let this fly this time! I KNOW FOOTBALL SEASON IS OVER AND REPORTERS ARE SCRAMBLING FOR NEWS STORIES BUT THIS AIN’T IT! Cease with the s—s! 1OVE.”

McCurdy instructed ESPN that Newton flew to his New York Metropolis studio, “Bang Bang NYC,” on Monday and bought a small tattoo on his left hand. He respectfully declined to reveal the design, saying solely that it was Newton’s thought with a bit of skilled recommendation “to ensure he bought the most effective tattoo.”

“I truly loved spending time with him,” McCurdy mentioned in a phone interview. “We had a enjoyable little banter about soccer. I instructed him six months in the past I used to be cursing him and saying, ‘f—ing Cam Newton’ as a result of they had been enjoying the Eagles and he kicked our ass within the fourth quarter.

“Now we’re associates.”

He was referring to Newton main Carolina to three fourth-quarter touchdowns to overcome a 17-Zero deficit on Oct. 21.

McCurdy posted a message on Instagram on Monday evening together with an image of him and Newton.

As for the notion Richardson did not need Newton to have a tattoo, that got here from a 2011 interview the then-75-year-old proprietor did on the “Charlie Rose” present on PBS. Richardson recounted a dialog he had with the then-22-year-old Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback earlier than the NFL draft during which he requested Newton if he had any tattoos or piercings.

Newton, now 29, mentioned no. Richardson instructed Rose his response was, “Good. We would like to hold it that method.”

McCurdy, who has put tattoos on celebrities equivalent to Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, mentioned one of Newton’s representatives just lately reached out to him.

The unique plan was for McCurdy to come to Newton in both Charlotte or Atlanta for the process, however when that could not be labored out, Newton made a day journey to New York.

McCurdy mentioned the whole course of took about 15 minutes and that Newton was fully humble and entertaining all through the entire time.

“I requested him proper earlier than we began, ‘Are you nervous in any respect?”’ McCurdy mentioned. “He type of laughed and mentioned, ‘No, by no means.’ I instructed him I imagined defensive tackles damage lots worse than a bit of tattoo on the hand.

“He type of shook his head, like, ‘It is an indescribable quantity of one thing he goes by means of as a quarterback.”’

McCurdy did not say what Newton’s tattoo price, solely that the studio’s value begins at $500.

He famous many individuals come again for a second tattoo after getting their first, however up to now nothing has been scheduled for Newton.

“Not but,” McCurdy mentioned with fun. “However I am pushing.”

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