Get­ting inked like Kohli, Gayle adds to IPL fever

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

To add ex­tra zing to the IPL fer­vour in Delhi this year, there are tat­too artists at some restau­rants, so that cricket-crazy pa­trons can watch a match and get tat­tooed in the style of play­ers such as Vi­rat Kohli and Chris Gayle. En­trepreneur Na­man Sharma, a Vi­rat kohli fan, plays cricket reg­u­larly. He loves this tat­too idea. “We have many sim­i­lar­i­ties, and one [of them] is the pas­sion for our pro­fes­sion,” says Sharma. “I’ve been look­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to get inked the same way [as Kohli].”

Tat­too artist Vikas Malani says, “The Kohli tat­too is some­thing ev­ery­one wants. More than tem­po­rary tat­toos, I am get­ting queries for per­ma­nent tat­toos.” The cost of a per­ma­nent tat­too is `2,000 for the first square inch. A tem­po­rary tat­too costs `300 per square inch.

Tat­too artist Mo­hit Singh says, “I paint 2-3 such crick­eter tat­toos ev­ery day.”

Jy­oti Joshi of Feng Shuii Kitchen says, “I was look­ing for a twist [in IPL screen­ing], and what could be bet­ter than en­gag­ing peo­ple in tat­too­ing.” Another res­tau­rant that has tat­too artists dur­ing IPL live screen­ing is Raasta, co-owned by Goumtesh Singh (Joy).

PHOTO: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP PHOTO: SANJEEV VERMA/HT

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