When Martial Arts Tattoos Go Horribly Wrong
June 21 | 2022
It's been a tough couple of weeks for French muay Thai fighter Jimmy Vienot. After dropping a close split decision to Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy at One Championship 157 back on May 20, Vienot got a tattoo on his arm in Thai lettering meant to proclaim "Muay Thai." But after Vienot proudly displayed the tattoo in a recent Instagram post, it became clear there was a problem.
Apparently, the tattoo artist somehow changed the first letter from one that had an "m" sound to one that had a "k" sound, making the phrase something like "Kuay Thai." While "Muay Thai" translates as "Thai boxing," "Kuay Thai" seems to roughly translate as "Thai penis." Vienot's legions of Thai-speaking fans quickly took to social media to inform him of the mistake.
Vienot, the reigning Superkombat middleweight champion, is one of the most highly regarded Thai boxers in the sport. He's one of the only foreigners to ever capture the Lumpinee Stadium championship, one of the two main titles in muay Thai. Hopefully, he'll be better remembered for those accomplishments than his tattooing mishap.
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