I came across these pics in the terrific Sports Pros(e) blog from the Sun Times and couldn’t believe my eyes. Glenn Timmerman, 45, of Round Lake, IL showed off his 92 permanently emblazoned Bears autograph tattoos at former Bear Ruben Brown’s Motorcycle Run last weekend.
Among the highlights of Earl’s ink is Da Coach’s John Hancock across the back of his dome.
I don’t know about you, but I think this might be just a teeny, tiny bit over the top. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tattoo prude or anything like that. I think a tastefully done tat can be really cool. I’m as diehard a Bears fan as there is, but come on. Do you really need Doug Buffone’s autograph tattooed on your chest? And how exactly do you approach another grown man and say, “Sign my chest Mr. Thayer?” or “Could you autograph my head coach Ditka?”
This guy looks like he passed out at a frat party and woke up with the football team’s practical joke written all over him. (Not that anything like that ever happened to anyone I know!) If nothing else, I guess it’s a conversation starter. Hey, he got my attention.
So sports fans, what’s your best tribute to your favorite team? E-mail me your best tats and I’ll put a post together featuring the best fan ink out there. Drop me a line with your name and what inspired your tattoo to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 19th. Who knows, maybe someone will inspire me to get a Cedric Benson tattoo on my ass crack?
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