STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has declined an artist's offer to have his chest tattooed with a design featuring a Viking-style ship.
Reinfeldt wrote to Gavle artist Sebastian Norde, 22, who previously sent the prime minister his proposed tattoo design and a letter explaining how the body ink would help the prime minister's popularity among the country's young people, The Local reported Thursday.
"Thanks for your letter," Reinfeldt wrote. "I think it's a very beautiful image; you really have talent!"
"It's just not for me, quite simply," he wrote. "Hopefully our politics will reach people without me having to get a tattoo."
Norde said he wasn't surprised by the rejection.
"It would have been cool if he'd gotten it but I sort of figured he probably wouldn't," he told The Local. "It's pretty cool that he answered at all. I didn't expect that."
However, the artist said he hasn't given up his dreams of tattooing a politician -- he has sent letters to other prominent Swedish officials with drawings of tattoos that he designed for them, The Local said.
"They all ought to think about getting a tattoo," he said of Swedish politicians.