The Dancing with the Stars partners explain to PEOPLE what his various markings mean

By Tim Nudd Michele Stueven
April 02, 2013 03:30 PM

Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones are getting to know each other’s bodies very well.

The pair have spent hours clutching one another as they rehearse for Dancing with the Stars. And, in particular, they appear to have spent hours more analyzing Jones’s torso – which he bared Monday during the couple’s impressive 24-point rumba.

“He took the shirt off [in rehearsal], and I was like, ‘Hello! Let’s investigate! What are these?!’ ” Smirnoff told PEOPLE after Monday’s show, as the Super Bowl champion stripped down once again to reveal the dozens of tattoos emblazoned on his body.

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Jones has clearly schooled his partner on the meaning behind them, as she took the lead in explaining what many of them stand for.

“Most of the tattoos came after Katrina,” she said. (Jones was born and raised in New Orleans, and his childhood home and high school were destroyed by the 2005 hurricane.)

She pointed out his Super Bowl tattoo, along with the name of the street he was raised on, some scripture passages, the year of his birth, and images of the sun rising and setting. “This is my ‘Me-kipedia,’ ” he said.

Smirnoff is clearly enamored with her partner, and he returned the compliment. “Dancing with a pretty woman, you can’t do nothing but be graceful,” he said.

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