Specialists in tattoo aftercare products, Dr Pickles will be worn on the front and back neckline of a new-look Latin Heat jersey (available for purchase online), unveiled this week and to be worn at the 2018 Emerging Nations Rugby League World Championship in October 7-13th in Western Sydney.
“Dr Pickles is operated by guys who love international Rugby League and want to break through to the Latin American market, so for us it’s a perfect fit,” Latin Heat co-founder Robert Burgin said.
“The first time I met the people behind the company, we sat down and talked footy for hours and had to force ourselves to get up and leave or we could have been there all day.
“As someone who has quite a few tattoos, I can also honestly say I have used Dr Pickles products in the past and know many friends who swear by them for their quality and effectiveness.
“Beyond a name and a logo on a jersey, I can see this becoming a partnership that makes a real difference to rugby league in Latin America and for the popularity of Dr Pickles tattoo balm.”
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Dr Pickles’ products follow an organic formula and are free from petroleum products, parabens, lanolin and perfumes.
Instead their balm contains paw paw and vitamin B5, stimulating skin regeneration for accelerated and healthy recovery from tattooing.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Dr Pickles ship to all around the world and orders can be placed via their website www.drpickles.com
Within the Latin Heat squad attending the upcoming Emerging Nations World Championship in October are a bevy of players sporting tattoos which point to their heritage in places such as Chile, El Salvador, Peru and Colombia.
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Tattooing is popular in both contemporary and ancient Latin American culture, with the Incans, Mayans and Aztecs all having ways of marking their skin which stretch back centuries.
Dr Pickles representative Nigel Soden said support of Latin Heat would continue a passionate investment in grassroots rugby league.
“Dr Pickles is very excited about our partnership with the Latin Heat Rugby League side,” Mr Soden said.
“To combine our passion for International Rugby League and our business interest was an easy decision.
“We are hopeful that our support will continue to grow the greatest game of all into South America. If in the process our business grows into these areas as well, then that’s just a bonus but not the reason we have done this.
“We support Rugby League at a local level with our association with the Ipswich Jets, so supporting a side in the Emerging Nations World Cup is something of which we are proud.
“We wish the Latin Heat success on the field, because what they are doing off it for the development of Rugby league is simply brilliant. Congratulations to these players and support staff for being pioneers.”
The 100% volunteer-run Latin American Rugby League is also supported primarily by Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, Shield Security Pty Ltd, Tattoo Tears, Cast Graphics, IntaGas Services, LS Tax & Accounting Services, Colombianos en Brisbane, GMA Tourism, EMSA Education and Migration Services Australia, Lichtnauer and Associates Accountants, The Edge Home Loans, Radio Austral and Fighting For Fitness Gym.