DFW explains Hardy tattoo airbrushing

DFW explains Hardy tattoo airbrushing

Alert fans noticed that on posters for UFC 111, Dan hardy’s prominent belly tattoo were airbrushed out. At a fan Q&A in Toronto yesterday, Dana Whte explained why.

“I’m trying to get into China. I don’t need anti-Chinese government stuff on my fighters.”

Hardy, however, says the tattoo — the fighter’s favourite — is a Tibetan Buddhist prayer written in Sanskrit. “It’s basically just like a prayer for focus,” Hardy said. “It keeps me walking the path that I should be walking without veering off and distracting myself.”

Apprised of that explanation, White said: “That’s not what I heard.”

“This thing popped up and I heard that it was anti-Chinese government, so I ripped that thing off it. I’m not going to put him on a poster with anti-Chinese government writing on it when we’re trying to get into China. . . . I don’t what this stuff means, so I’ve got to be safe.”

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 In the March issue of Fight Magazine, Hardy explains that the tattoo — which reads “Om mani padme hum,” and supposedly means, “Hail the jewel in the lotus” — serves two purposes.

“Basically, the jewel is the enlightenment within the lotus, the lotus being the mind.  It’s a Tibetan Buddhist prayer for ‘Stay focused, keep walking the path you’re supposed to be walking on, and eventually you’ll achieve the enlightenment within your mind.’  It was kind of that and kind of the fact that I’ve never had abs, so I thought I could just cover that area with ink.”

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On a recent MMAjunkie Radio interview Hardy was asked about the airbrushing and replied with good humor.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure, to be honest.”

“It was something to do with too much visual stimulus on the poster because obviously, the tattoo’s quite prominent and it kind of draws the eye away from the important information about the fight, the show, That was the information that I got.”

“It doesn’t really matter to me. “Obviously, it would have been nice to have the tattoo on there, but at the end of the day, you can see my face, and that’s the important thing.”

“If they’d airbrushed my face off, I’d be a bit more concerned.”

The tattoo is a mantra – a sound, word, or group of words that are considered in various faiths to be capable of creating spiritual transformation. If you hear lost-appearing, doo wop fan, bald guys with long braids chanting “Hare Krishna Rama Lama Ding Ding” over and over, they are by repeating the words in an attempt to transform themselves spiritually.

The particular mantra tattooed on bhardy’s stomach is especially revered by the devotees of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is both the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism (a position akin to that of the Pope), and is head of state of the Tibetan government in exile. There is a decades long struggle with China in the region for control of Tibet. Thus a mantra associated with followers of the Dalai Lama could indeed be seen as an affront by the Chinese Governemnt.