'Caps Ink: Jordan Harvey

The contents of a tattoo say a lot about the individual wearing it. Not only are they an expression of art, they’re an expression of a person’s character and values, which explains the rationale behind ‘Caps Ink – a new series that brings you closer to your favourite Whitecaps FC stars.

Jordan Harvey loves his tattoos.

Just look at his right arm. Let’s start at the bottom. He’s got one of a timepiece, representing his New Year’s Eve wedding at The Bougainvillea Estate in Palm Springs (thus the bougainvillea right above it). The clock shows midnight for a “new beginning,” but there’s also a small mark for 5 p.m. – the time of the wedding.

Moving up the arm, there’s a rose for his family and a rendering of St. Christopher – the patron of safe travels.  

“I’m not very religious, but it holds more of a symbolic meaning," said Harvey, who scored Vancouver Whitecaps FC's first goal of 2016 in Sunday's season opener against Montreal Impact. "My dad gave me a medallion when I was 14 and moved away from home for a couple of years. It was one of those things that I always looked at for comfort.”

Meet Jordan Harvey, his wife Kim Caldwell, and their daughter Harlow

Moving over to the chest, Harvey has a tattoo of a crown for his daughter Harlow, who was born on October 7 of last year.

Finally, the ‘Caps defender has a tattoo that reads “J birds” on his left ribs. 

“My grandpa used to have a boat he named 'J birds' because everyone at that time in the family had a name starting with J," he said. "That tradition continued with my family (Jack, Jill, Joey, Jay, Jordan), so that's a family thing as well." 

Talk about a family man.  

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