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Kaepernick talks about his favorite ink and the motive behind his move

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick walks off the

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick walks off the field during halftime of the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 20, 2013) Credit: AP

Colin Kaepernick’s arms are covered in tattoos, but there is one that he considers his favorite.

“Probably the one on the inside of my arms,” he said when asked to rank his ink. “It says: ‘My gift is my curse.’ I just feel like that’s something that applies to my life in many different ways.”

Kaepernick got the tattoo when he was in college in Neveda, but now that he’s an NFL quarterback – and a Super Bowl quarterback – it has even more meaning,

“Being an NFL quarterback, there’s a lot of advantages that come with it,” he said. “There are a lot of doors that open when you’re a quarterback, but at the same time you’re under a lot of scrutiny. There are a lot of things you can’t do as well.”

Although the Gift/Curse tattoo is Kaepernick’s favorite, it’s not the one he kisses when he is Kaepernicking (a trademarked act of kissing his biceps after a particularly impressive play, the latest in a celebratory line of moves that includes Victor Cruz’s salsa, Aaron Rodgers’ discount double-check, and Tim Tebow’s Tebowing).

“I have ‘faith’ (written) down my right bicep and I have ‘to God the glory’ on my right arm as well,” he said.

Those are the ones he kisses when Kaepernicking, and he explained the meaning behind the move.

“Number one is kind of my way of saying I don’t really care what people think about my tattoos,” he said. “I got them for me and to show people this is what I believe in. God has brought me this far, he’s laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can’t do anything but thank him.”

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