College football player strikes deal with tattoo company
Man, have we come a long way since 2010.
On Monday, Mississippi State wide receiver Jordan Mosley became the first college athlete to reach an NIL deal with a tattoo artist.
After establishing a strong relationship with Vin Vega, who has worked on everyone from Rick Ross to Dwight Howard, Mosley found a way to ink one of the most unique NIL partnerships in the entire country.
“Only a very small percentage of players make it to the NFL and everyone knows that,” he said. “But everyone has something unique about them, so to be able to use that to our own advantage as college athletes, I think we can prepare pretty well for the future.
“Obviously, the bigger the school, the bigger the NIL contracts,” Mosley continued. “But I want to see everyone have a chance and have the attitude of what they can, even in the smallest schools.”
Vega thinks this could be the start of a new wave of college sports.
“I think it’s a good thing that we are the first tattoo artist and student-athlete combination to enter into a ZERO contract,” Vega explained. “It works tremendously because it allows my business to be seen through its platform. The ability to connect with people of its ilk and be able to serve them and be able to use it as a vehicle for that, I think that was an amazing idea.”
Mosley thinks this kind of deal is a big step in the right direction for the era of name, image, likeness.
With four years of eligibility remaining, the Bulldogs will have plenty of opportunities to show off Vega’s art on the court.