In our #TattooTuesday series we scour fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — hockey, basketball, baseball, football and soccer.
Few acts show one’s commitment to a particular sports team as getting a tattoo of their logo or one of the franchise’s star players. This week we head to New England to look at the best-of-the-best Boston Bruins fans’ ink from Massachusetts and beyond.
BOSTON BRUINS TATTOOS
Not everyone who sports a Bruins tattoo is a supporter, as in the case of the Montreal Canadiens’ fan featured in the above video who lost a bet with a co-worker. What follows are pictures of tattoos proudly worn by some of the franchise’s most ardent supporters.
SNOOPY THE BRUIN
Did you know Snoopy played for the Bruins? Either did we, but regardless it makes for a spiffy tattoo.
Pinup girls have long been a staple of tattoo art, but ones decked out in Bruin gear are few and far between.
Gnomes come in all flavors, including Boston Bruin black and gold.
BRUINS SKIN-RIP TATTOO
If you want a classic Bruins skin-rip tattoo like the one pictured above, head over to East Coast Tattoo and Body Piercing in Providence and ask for Francis Kane.
DON’T POKE THE BEAR
The Bruins, one of the NHL’s “original six” teams, haven’t included a bear in their primary logo since 1932, but that hasn’t kept tattoo aficionados from visualizing a mammalian mascot.
While most such tattoos picture a fierce bear…
… such as the green-eyed growler pictured above…
… or a golden grizzly with terrifying claws…
… or a Marvel-esque rendition…
… others opt for the cute route, like in the tattoo pictured above which appropriates the Grateful Dead bear as a Bruin.
WATER BOTTLE INCIDENT
During the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Shawn Thornton, sitting on the Bruins bench, discharged his water bottle into Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban’s face as he skated by — a fineable incident remembered here with a tattoo in vivid color.
BOOBY ORR TATTOO
No collection of Bruins tattoos would be complete without one of Hall of Famer Bobby Orr who laced his skates in Boston for ten seasons starting in 1966.