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Michael Phelps fan tattoos Olympian's death stare face onto his body

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At this summer's Rio Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps became the world's most decorated Olympian, and the all-time record holder for the most gold medals in Olympic history after winning the  200m individual medley.

To achieve such an accomplishment, one has to have sheer determination and concentration in their craft, which is something Phelps has in abundance. This was clear as day in the ready room before the 200m butterfly race a couple of days ago as his opponent, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos shadow-boxed in front of him, Phelps was focused and producing a death stare on camera.

This death stare by the world's most decorated Olympian has since been created into an internet meme, but one person has gone one step further with the iconic image. They have tattooed Phelps death stare face onto their body.


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Ricky Fung, co-founder at Chronic Ink Tattoos in Toronto, had the image tattooed on them by tattoo artist Livia Tsang, according to Time: “because he’s first and foremost a big Phelps fan, but also because of his work ethic and perseverance."

“When we chose the image, we had a bit of a laugh about it, but he told me that he wanted it because it showed his moment of focus before the race. The most important thing was to really capture his eyes.,” Tsang said.

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This may be the first, but it probably won't be the last time we see this death stare face by the American swimmer tattooed on someone's body. The face has become one of the most memorable images of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics so far. 

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