Today’s tattoo spotlight is on Dutch midfielder Jeremy De Hoog and the tattoo that he has to commemorate his late grandfather. De Hoog has appeared in all seven matches for the Otters this season, playing almost 500 minutes, scoring one goal, handling the bulk of the set piece duties for the offense, as well as captaining the squad on several occasions.
De Hoog has two tattoos on his right bicep related to his grandfather. The first simply reads “Opa” which is Dutch for “grandpa.” Below that is the Spanish phrase “Yo estoy aqui” which translates to “I am here.”
He got the tattoo in June 2013 during his first PDL season here in the United States. De Hoog ended up adding the second line a few months after getting the original “opa” tattoo.
The second phrase came about during the ceremony for his grandfather. A song with that phrase in it was sung at the ceremony. Initially, Jeremy said he was confused as to why a Portuguese song was being played at the ceremony, considering the only language his grandfather knew was Dutch.
He found out that during his grandfather’s travels, he had actually met the singer of that particular song in Brazil, but no one had known about it or that he listened to that song. De Hoog ended up adding the second line a few months after getting the original “opa” tattoo.
As of now Jeremy does not have any plans for any more tattoos. However, if he does get another one he wants it to be something meaningful.
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