"I got an eagle because I was in America," the country star recalls of his early days in the U.S. "I had just been spending time here, I was single and I thought, it's my birthday, I want to give myself a cool gift. I thought the eagle just seemed perfect. It was American, I had my freedom, and it was something that would be on this journey with me for my whole life."
Keith seems to relate to his fierce, feathered friends -- in life and in business. Earlier this summer, Keith released his own 'Phoenix' fragrance for men and subsequently explained the significance of the Phoenix tattoo on his left arm.
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The CMA nominee's tattoos don't stop there. He has a "Nicole" tattoo with hearts on his right bicep and a Celtic symbol with initials NMK on his right wrists in honor of his wife, actress Nicole Kidman. That second Nicole tribute ink covered up an older tattoo that read "Omni Vincit Amor," Latin for "Love Conquers All."