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Ryan Tedder’s tattoo cover up at Japanese gym

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder loves running to keep fit, but would never run a marathon.

OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder had to cover his tattoos up when he went to the gym in Japan.

The East Asian country may be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but it’s views on tattoos has led to visitors to being cautious about showing theirs while visiting.

During a trip to Japan, Ryan also had to be careful with his body art, as tattoos are synonymous with the criminal underworld in the Land of the Rising Sun. Even though his arm ink which reads God's Will meaning God gives and God takes, was done in Japan and is written in the country's language, the musician still had to be careful.

“I like the old Japanese flag and the Empire of the sun. I liked that it looked like a stamp. I like Japanese skin art. I think it’s beautiful, it’s ornate,” he explained to British GQ of his tattoo. “In Japanese culture tattoos are not welcome – it’s a kind of taboo. In the hotel that we stayed at last time, you couldn't go into the gym without covering your tattoos in arm bandages and wraps. I think it's because they have gang associations."

Ryan also has two triangles going all the way up his right arm, and often shows off the impressive art while out running. The 37-year-old is a keen athlete, and prefers running to any other form of fitness. He’s yet to complete a marathon, and has no plans to ever change that.

“I hate the idea of marathons,” he laughed. “People are always amazed that I haven’t done a marathon because I’ve been running for 15 to 20 years, but I hate them. I have no desire to do a marathon. The idea of running that long seems ridiculous to me. I run purely for fitness, I’m not competitive. I’m competitive with everything else but not with running.”

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