Xl Skater xL, an Irish skateboarding sensation and former world champion, has undergone a tattoo on both sides of his forearm as a form of self-motivation.
Xl said he was inspired by a quote from his idol Mick Jagger: “If you wanna do it, you have to try”.
The tattoo was done by tattoo artist, who has a specialised in tattooing, Andrew O’Sullivan, who works with Xl at the tattoo studio in Cork.
“I have a great relationship with Mick and it’s something I really enjoy,” Xl said.
“He said that if you wanna be an artist, you had to try and try harder.”
In the quote, Jagger wrote that the goal is to try harder than anyone else to be as good as him, while Xl says he has the same goal.
“If you’re really good, you want to do it.
But if you don’t try, you’re going to be a loser.
That’s what I try to remind myself of every day,” he said.
A recent injury left Xl unable to skate for four months, but he was able to make up for it with an amazing show of skills.
Xl is now a world-class skateboarder and he says he is a lot stronger and more resilient than ever before.
“When I was on my bike, it was really scary and I didn’t feel confident in my abilities.
I just wanted to get back on the bike, but I got injured and couldn’t skate for a while.
But now I’m really strong, so it’s a great feeling,” X, said.