The Super Bowl is long over, but everyone is still talking about Maroon 5’s controversial halftime show performance. More specifically, people can’t get over the body art that lead singer Adam Levine revealed when he stripped off his infamous tank top. (A complete breakdown of Adam’s tattoos shows he has close to 20.) There are many, many symbols, images, and words permanently carved into his arms, hands, chest, and back—but it’s Levine’s torso ink that fans are buzzing about the most.
The Los Angeles native has “California” etched in large letters right above his belly button. Levine added the word to his skin soon after tattooing the name of his city on his bicep, which he described to People as a “simple case of hometown love.” Assuming that the “California” ink is another nod to his roots, fans were inspired to pay tribute to their own home states.
Men across the country stripped off their shirts and ran their Sharpie markers dry as they hilariously recreated Levine’s most noteworthy tattoo. Guys of all ages and body types have scrawled the name of their state across their stomachs and shared the photos of their creations online to poke fun at the Maroon 5 frontman. The internet quickly took notice and soon an entire Facebook page called “Real Men in America” was created in an attempt to get one shirtless tribute from every state.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Levine said it himself: You have to represent where you’re from with a “badge of pride,” and these guys are certainly doing that.