Kasey Kahne gets ink

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2013 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 22: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

FONTANA, Calif. — Kasey Kahne will leave California with something he didn’t have when he got here — a tattoo.

A photo on Kahne’s Twitter account revealed the new ink job below the driver’s left bicep. The tattoo read “RDP/KSK,” the initials of Kahne’s two late grandfathers, Richard Peterson and Kenny Kahne.

“I’ve thought about it,” said Kahne, who got the tattoo from renowned artist Tim Hendricks. “For a while there I wasn’t really into tattoos, but then over the last… probably a year, I’ve thought about it, and that’s been really the only thing that I wanted, up to this point.”

The tattoo was Kahne’s first, and its purpose was to remind him of the good times he had with his grandfathers.

“I’m glad I did it,” he said. “I saw it this morning when I woke up, and I was like, ‘Man, I like that…’ For now, that’s really it. I just enjoy the part of good memories, lots of memories. I’ll see it all the time now and think more about some of those memories — I like what I did.”

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