Inky Images of Super Bowl XLVII

By Jane Hwang - 2013-01-31T13:16:30Z

Photograph by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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The QB

The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The 49ers have been hard to beat since Colin Kaepernick became starting quarterback, going 7-2, including playoff wins over Green Bay and Atlanta. San Francisco is a 3 1/2-point favorite in the Super Bowl. Kaepernick has a lot of ink on his body, thanks to tattoo artist Nes Andrion, whom he met as a freshman at the University of Nevada.

Kaepernick's tattoos became a topic of debate after AOL columnist David Whitley wrote on Nov. 28 that an NFL quarterback shouldn't look like a convict, "For dinosaurs like me, NFL quarterbacks were our little Dutch boys. The original hero stuck his finger in the dyke to save Holland. Pro QBs were the last line of defense against the raging sea of ink. When our kids said they wanted a tattoo, we could always point to the Manning brothers."

Take a look at members of both teams who sport ink.

Left, quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, left, and Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers chat in their locker room after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 28-24, in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.