Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made headlines this week when he revealed a remarkable and somewhat unconventional tattoo experience. In a recent interview with Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Prescott disclosed that he underwent an 11-hour tattoo session while under sedation during the spring. This unique trend of getting inked while sedated has been gaining popularity among celebrities and star athletes, and Prescott is the latest to join this growing trend.
Prescott entrusted his ink journey to Andres Ortega, a talented tattoo artist from the Arizona-based tattoo shop Onder Link. He’s not the only high-profile figure to opt for sedation during a tattoo session. Musicians like Post Malone, Offset, and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have also undergone the process.
Even some of Prescott’s Cowboys teammates, including CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard, have experienced the same trend. Lamb referred Prescott to Onder Link, setting the stage for this extraordinary tattoo adventure.
What sets Prescott’s tattoo experience apart is the decision to have it all done in a single, extensive session, thanks to the assistance of sedation. The tattoo holds great personal significance for Prescott, featuring various images representing the people who have played pivotal roles in his life. This includes tributes to his late mother and brother and iconic athletes who have inspired him, such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Muhammad Ali.
Surprisingly, Prescott chose not to inform any Cowboys coaches or executives beforehand about his tattoo plans. Instead, he shared the news with head coach Mike McCarthy after the fact. Prescott humorously recalled the moment: “I wasn’t going to tell them, but I let them know after. When I saw Mike the next day, and my leg was big, he [said] ‘What [happened to you]?'”
Owner Jerry Jones, known for his colorful personality, expressed his surprise upon learning about Prescott’s decision to get a tattoo while sedated. Jones admitted, “I didn’t know he was under for 10 hours. Just so you’re clear, I had no idea about tattoos. I better get up to date on it. I had no idea that required that kind of sedation of any tattoo. It further explains to me why I don’t have a tattoo.”
Despite the unconventional tattoo experience, Prescott remains a crucial figure for the Dallas Cowboys. He signed a lucrative four-year, $160 million contract extension with the team in 2021, securing his presence through at least the 2024 season.
Prescott boasts an impressive NFL career with two Pro Bowl selections and the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His regular-season record of 61 wins and 36 losses is a testament to his ability as a quarterback, having thrown for 24,943 yards, 166 touchdowns, and 65 interceptions.
Looking ahead to the 2023 NFL season, Prescott aims to reduce his turnovers, but the Cowboys’ offense remains potent with weapons like CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard.
As the Cowboys prepare to kick off their 2023 season against the New York Giants, Prescott’s 11-hour tattoo adventure is a unique chapter in the life of one of the NFL’s most prominent quarterbacks.