If you were at the Sprint Center on Friday night, there's no way that you could have missed Kid Rock's gigantic back tattoo. It reads -- yes, you guessed it -- "American Bad Ass." Kansas City has its own fair share of USA tats, too, though few of them are as rad as Kid Rock's. Here are five USA tattoos that, had more of our ladies and dudes stripped off their tour T-shirts, I'm pretty sure I would have spied in the sold-out crowd.
1. The "Don't Mess With Texas, er, I mean USA" tat.
It's simple, classic and, yet, with the Sailor-Jerry script and style, has a touch of class. (Well, as much as a tattoo with your country's flag and the word "fuck" in it can have.) Compared with Kid Rock's tattoo, it's a fairly conservative choice, but it still has its trailer-trash charm.
2. The twin cowboys tat.
This one's a little more personal -- and, of course, there's nothing more American than sporting your rights to bear arms all the time until you die.
3. The vague "Never Forget" tat.
I'm not sure that I remember what we're not forgetting for this tattoo. Sure, there are the usual answers -- war, September 11, etc. -- but why are there fireworks? There weren't fireworks at 9/11. Are we never forgetting that Fourth of July when your Uncle Earl blew up the RV with M80s?
4. The insanely over-the-top shrine tat.
If there's one trait of the true American (and, by association, badass), it's that he doesn't fuck around. If we're goin', we're goin' all the way. That's certainly the philosophy behind this gigantic back piece: Go big or go home.
5. The truly subversive American tat.
The metal font, the diseased eagle, the misspelled homophobic slurs: This one's American to its very core. It's angry, provocative and purposefully obnoxious -- and it's also punk as fuck. Want badassery? Here you go.