Arsenal forward Theo Walcott recently posted a picture on Twitter showing off his new tattoo that reads “Om Namah Shivaya” running vertically on his back, one of the most well-known mantras of Hinduism that is used to revere Lord Shiva.
The 28-year-old footballer posted the image of his new tattoo with an accompanying text - “Open your heart, shed fear, hate or envy, to experience everlasting joy & happiness.”
Many fans lauded the English footballer for his new tattoo. However, there was a small spelling error in the tattoo that Walcott flaunted. While many fans lashed out at the grammatical mistakes, some broke the mantra down for him.
Your tattoo guy kinda messed up, y'know.— Tanuj Baru (@barucracy) August 9, 2017
This is what it should have been. pic.twitter.com/V6OwGFLHD2
You've got incorrect letters. Last 3 letters mean dead body. Need to fix it. Fix it as shown in this photo.— Ranjith (@ranjithrajan) August 9, 2017
It means "I take your name Lord Shiva" is a soul cleansing mantra. The typo is grammatical— Aditya (@Brewkenstein) August 9, 2017
hould be ॐ नमः शिवाय
Yeah. It looks cool and all, but the breaking of the alphabets is just wrong. @theowalcott should have checked with an Indian Gooner first.— Sherwin Mascarenhas (@Sherwinator_27) August 9, 2017
There were a few creative fans who saw the funnier side of Walcott's tattoo:
Theo Walcott is getting a BJP ticket in 2019.— Rameez (@Sychlops) August 9, 2017
हर हर महादेव ! Always knew Right Wing was your best position https://t.co/a65BmR76Fa— Raj Singh (@NoMoreDatGuy) August 9, 2017
Walcott, who has over the years shown his love for tattoos, had earlier inked four words - “Beautiful, Blessed, Strong, Intelligent” in Sanskrit on his right wrist. The words are dedicated to his family.
After the 4-3 win against Leicester City on Saturday in the opening game of the 2017/18 Premier League season, Arsenal will take on Stoke City on Saturday, 19th August at the bet365 stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.