In our #TattooTuesday series we scour fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — basketball, baseball, football, hockey 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 Celtic fans’ ink from Boston and beyond.
BOSTON CELTICS TATTOOS
Terry Rozier played his first four seasons for Boston after being drafted by the venerable franchise with the 16th pick of the 2015 NBA draft. He wisely resisted the temptation to add a Celtics tattoo to his voluminous collection of ink, as he signed a massive contract with the Charlotte Hornets in the summer of 2019. What follows are some of finest tattoos proving each recipient’s diehard allegiance to the Celtics.
LARRY BIRD TATS
We start the list off with a Larry Bird offering from TJ Schunemann of River Rose Tattoo and Art Gallery of Goffstown, New Hampshire. This one features a photographic-quality rendering of No. 33 preparing to launch the rock.
A simpler rendition of Larry Legend, this time smoking a stogie, is just as effective.
PAUL PIERCE TATTOOS
While Bird defined the Celtics of the 1980s, Paul Pierce was the face of the franchise in the 2000s.
Samuel Vizcaino’s execution of a black-and-white ode to The Truth is no less true to life than X’s work.
The Boston Celtics leprechaun logo was designed in the early 1950s by head coach Red Auerbach’s brother, Zang — a creative and artistic fellow.
Zang wasn’t a tattoo artist, but if he had been, his work might have looked like those pictured above.