Tattoo of deCode Genetics’ CEO Gets Attention

A portrait of Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics, on …

A portrait of Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics, on a calf. Photo/Ólafía_K

Vala Hafstað

Icelandic tattoo artist Ólafía Kristjánsdóttir got an unusual request over the weekend. She was asked to tattoo a portrait of deCode Genetics CEO Kári Stefánson on the calf of a client, who is a big fan of the physician.

“It happened [Saturday], and it took a few hours. A female relative of my husband contacted me and decided she wanted a picture of Kári,” Ólafía tells . “I thought it was a great idea. I love Kári and think he rocks. This was a really fun project.”

Kári Stefánsson.

Kári Stefánsson. Ingvarsson

This is the first time Ólafía is asked to tattoo Kári’s picture. “It’s common for people to ask for portraits of famous people or loved ones, but I found this very special, since she doesn’t know him personally and has no ties to him aside from being his fan,” Ólafía states. “He is such a fun character that I found the project exciting. She was very pleased.”

Kári Stefánsson has been quite prominent in Iceland since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He’s been at the forefront of testing the nation for the virus and has advocated very strict measures at the border to contain its spread.

Ólafía Kristjánsdóttir at work.

Ólafía Kristjánsdóttir at work. Photo/Contributed


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