Remember Fine Line Ink?

By Vico on June 7, 2013 at 5:17p

Who doesn't like picking at an old wound anyway?

Fine Line Ink is the name of the Columbus-area tattoo parlor that was at the core of the December 2010 scandal that saw Mike Adams, Dan Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, and Solmon Thomas suspended for the first six games of the 2011 football season. The subsequent fallout from later revelations connected to that initial scandal involving Fine Line Ink saw Devier Posey's suspension extended to ten games, led to the conclusion of Terrelle Pryor's college career, and ultimately led to the resignation of Jim Tressel.

And now, if you have money to spare and are that guy/gal, you can purchase some of the memorabilia on eBay.

The listing for the eBay user, finelineinkusa2010​, includes things we would expect to surface as memorabilia connected to that scandal. The 2008 Big Ten championship rings of everyone involved (sans Dan Herron) are available for purchase.

The headliner of the user's listing of items for purchase is a 2002 national championship ring, erroneously attributed to the "tattoo scandal" by the seller. This is, in fact, a championship ring given to former Ohio State lineman T.J. Downing, who redshirted his freshman year on that national title team.

Though Downing, who exhausted his eligibility after the 2006 season, was not connected to the "tattoo scandal" as the seller states, the seller appears to write this into the item description to counter Downing's statement that his national title ring was stolen.

This ring was involved in the 2010 Ohio state football scandal . I have the news paper where the player (tj downing) tryed to lie and say that it was stolen from him and I showed papers saying I bought it before he said it was stolen so I revived it back. This ring is a part of Ohio states history and will be worth a lot of money to the rite collector some day. Just so every one knows none of the memoribila was traded for tattoos, the media went off of false info and ran with it

Everything was blockquoted verbatim from the item description. I do not have time to add "sic" to every word in that description.

For what it's worth, the winning bidder can have his or her picture taken with "ed", apparently a reference to Ed Rife. Ed Rife was the proprietor of Fine Line Ink and the central figure in question as the scandal hit the news. Rife was later sentenced to a three-year prison sentence by a federal judge in October 2011.


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Vico's picture

Well, you know, Michael. As they say: if you can't laugh at yourself, or set on fire everyone who has ever wronged you or hurt your feelings, then...

Wait, how does that saying go?

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

Buckeye06's picture

I am so intrigued to buy one.
Talk about one of a kind

AndyVance's picture

So if you're Adams, Posey or Pryor and now have an NFL contract (and in theory now have some cash in your pocket), would you try to buy your ring back on the sly so a championship ring with your name on it (literally) wasn't just floating around out there in the wild?

brandonbauer87's picture

Yes. I absolutely would. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I'd buy it all and give it back to the players or school.

"2014 National with it!!!"

chicagobuckeye's picture

I wouldn't give it back to the players. While I don't hold grudges, they traded those for tattoos which led to Tressel's firing and the subsequent actions. And please no one respond with the "well Urban's our coach now" because I think we can all say that day was a collective kick in the balls that day. They made their choices 2.5 years ago and that's fine, but it wasn't as though they traded them to protect their well-being, but instead for tattoos.

jestertcf's picture

Well I still like that 42-7 score.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I might be the only one who feels this way, but IDGAF anymore about TatGate. 
It's in the past. Over and done with.
Of course the media will love digging up old stuff. If fans other teams (or conferences..SEC roolz!) want to cling on to this bs to help console themselves over the ass whooping we are about to unleash this upcoming season, so be it.

jeremytwoface's picture

OH God...
I will say, that if I had money to just throw away on this, I would consider buying the NC ring. What a centerpiece that would be for an Ohio State memorabilia collection.
Also, I'm wondering if Downing had his ring insured? Or if he filled out a police report when it was stolen?
Wouldn't the police and/or insurance company take possession of that?

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

biggy84's picture

It will be too soon if i never have to hear about this shizz again.

bodast67's picture

...of money to the rite collector some day

         Did a child write this?




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

BuckeyeMark's picture

I don't know what that's from but it's awesome.  Perfect for this thread.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

That was great.  Big upvote!  If I could give another upvote for Redd Foxx I would - loved Fred Sanford!!
Go Bucks!

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Damn sad seeing that ring, knowing the story behind it, and what damage it did. Sadder still that it wasn't valued by the owner the way it should have been..............

bucked up's picture

hopefully the seller uses the proceeds from these transactions to buy a friggin dictionary. he just took a kaiser blade to the english language. I showed this to my girlfriend (who studied english in college) and she was begging me to stop.

Hovenaut's picture

I think the seller does like books, but was more interested in his new bowl cut to bother with proper English.


My mid-haircut ritual...Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a kaiser blade, MMMHM

Brutus Forever's picture

+1 for sling blade reference

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

741's picture

I can't believe there are a***oles out there bidding the Pryor ring up to nearly $5,000 (at present) - enriching this douchebag criminal, and at the same time proving that there is something wrong with fan culture here at OSU. The fact that people will pay ridiculous money for these trinkets creates the atmosphere in which the kids are tempted to cash in on their celebrity. Don't be an enabler.

741's picture

Sold for $18,100.

741's picture

Downing's 2002 championship ring now going for... $11,000.