Yesterday, I put the Atlanta United community on notice that I would be getting a tattoo based on Atlanta United’s midfielder/soccer deity Jeff Larentowicz, if, in return, y’all stepped up and raised money for the fantastic Fugees Academy.
(Remember, to donate, all you have to do is go here: https://www.gofundme.com/larentowicz-tattoo-for-the-fugees and remember that none of this is going to me or DSS, it’s all going straight to The Fugees)
I issued this challenge:
“Y’all reached 100 retweets in 26 minutes. How long will it take y’all to reach $1,000 dollars for The Fugees?”
Y’all were, once again, quicker and more excellent than I ever thought possible.
Y'all did it in three hours. Three. Hours.— Sam Jones (@J_SamJones) September 25, 2017
Take a bow Five Stripes Nation. pic.twitter.com/S2unjHE8Vt
I never stop being blown away by this fan base. Anytime a chance arises for this group of people to support this club and this city, y’all step up. Even the folks inside the organization have stepped up and support a great cause like The Fugees, and also ask some extremely difficult questions.
Checking on the gofundme and...— Sam Jones (@J_SamJones) September 26, 2017
Oh hai Darren. pic.twitter.com/TDTuE1v9DE
Currently, y’all have raised $1593 dollars of a goal that got bumped up to $1717 after y’all reached the first one too quickly.
That’s 80 weeks of lunch for one student or soccer registration for six players or nearly two months of student tuition. That’s awesome.
Because of that, I guess I need to start reviewing my options.
At this point your suggestions have ranged from simple:
Might I suggest a left arm tattoo of Big Red pic.twitter.com/TySomGoRfR— Jay W. Riddle (@jay_riddle) September 25, 2017
Please just “JEFF” in comic sans on your bicep— Mark Washington (@pray4mwash) September 24, 2017
Lower back Can it be a butterfly that JEFF's head is floating on?— Atlanta United FanTV (@atlutdfantv) September 25, 2017
To impressively stupid and practically impossible.
I just want to throw out a personal suggestion. Feel free to expand on it.— Sam Jones (@J_SamJones) September 25, 2017
Andre, Big Boi and Larentowicz in a Cadillac https://t.co/5NwRXobxiT
Better idea. Larentowicz as both members of OutKast on the Stankonia album cover https://t.co/A0rVEC0MXt— Sam Jones (@J_SamJones) September 25, 2017
And to really not that bad as far as tattoo’s based on MLS veteran Jeff Larentowicz go:
Ooo, wait... a ninja with red hair peeking out of the hood and a black and red striped ninja outfit?— Robyn Saghini (@robynsaghini) September 26, 2017
Based of these suggestions and few others, here are the five options remaining for the Larentowicz tattoo (Disclaimer: None of these will be portraits. There isn’t a portrait tattoo in the world that a.) Looks good b.) Is cheap enough for a soccer blog to pay for). You can vote for your favorite option by mentioning it with your donation to The Fugees.
Option One: A heart/state of Georgia with five stripes and the number 18
Right now, this is far and away the leader in the clubhouse. It’s simple, and its easily raised the most money of any idea. As one donator put it:
Your mercy (and donation!) is incredibly appreciated Marcus. Also, shout out to the concept creator, @IamBrianOJr on twitter.com.
Option Two: Ginger Ninja
This idea has been suggested a few times (including by the AJC’s Doug Roberson), although no one seems to have had a practical idea besides how to do it except for Terminus Legion Co-founder/MLSFemale Official Fan Reporter for Atlanta United/Fugees Donator (Thanks Robyn!), Robyn Saghini. It wouldn’t look bad though, and it would be a subtle nod to one of Larentowicz’s best nicknames.
Option Three: Big Red
This one comes from Mouths of the South Podcast Host/Atlanta United tattoo haver, Jay Riddle. His idea (seen above in a tweet) is to pay homage to another Jeff Larentowicz nickname using the Big Red gum brand. I personally think we’d have to add a little more beyond just the gum wrapper to make it more...uhh...Larentowicz-centric so any ideas there would be appreciated. Overall, a solid idea from a guy who obviously knows a thing or two about Atlanta United tattoos and who kicked off the donations to this project. Thanks Jay.
Option Four: Comic Sans “Jeff”
This one is so remarkably dumb it makes me laugh. It’s also received the second most votes. That’s all there really is to say about it.
Thanks to Mark Washington for the idea.
Option Five: Literally anything OutKast related
100,000 internet points/Larentowicz bucks to the person that’s able to come up with an idea that incorporates OutKast and Jeff. I’ve already tried and failed, but if someone is able to bring a good idea to the table, I’d probably drop any other idea and immediately run with it. Just saying.
So, there you go. Keep donating, keep sharing ideas on how to make these tattoo ideas better and we’ll keep doing some good. I’m hoping to get this done Friday night. Let’s make sure it ends up being Larentowicz Worthy™.
Oh. And by the way. Jeff knows.
i've passed it along, guys. good luck!— Ryan Catanese (@rcatanese) September 25, 2017
Also, Larentowicz has heard of @J_SamJones future tattoo, He said that it sounds interesting— Victor A. Tun (@victortun09) September 26, 2017
I’m pretty sure “sounds interesting” is the Jeff version of “I’m going to give Sam my signature for the tattoo/let’s hang out” but we’ll see. Keep donating.