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Port Vale player Sean Rigg is training to be tattooist
Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg signed for Port Vale last year

Port Vale footballer Sean Rigg has revealed his ambition in life after football - he wants to be a tattooist.

Many football clubs encourage their players to take up training courses during their spare time for careers after football.

Sean said: "It seems very easy - just picking up a needle. But there's a lot more to it."

Sean, who has tattoos himself, said he's practised on fellow players as part of his training.


Speaking to Matt Sandoz, BBC Radio Stoke's Port Vale correspondent, the striker said that his interest in art at school had led him to be interested in tattooing.

David Beckham
David Beckham is famous for his tattoos

However, he admitted he wasn't sure about being on the operating end of a needle.

"It's nerve-wracking when you start! You can't mess up, because you only have one chance.

"You've got to be very artistic… but it's good to have something to fall back on when I leave football."

He revealed in his interview that he had practised his tattooing techniques on a fellow-player, Lewis Haldane. Haldane was in the news in 2010 when a freak incident saw him rushed to hospital after a bite from an insect.

Fellow Port Vale players Gareth Owen and Adam Yates are doing media degrees at Staffordshire University in their spare time.

Wolves player Jody Craddock has become an established artist.

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