In our #TattooTuesday series we scour fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — baseball, basketball, 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 Lake Michigan’s southwest shore in a quest to find the best-of-the-best Chicago Cubs fans’ ink from Illinois and beyond.
CHICAGO CUBS TATTOOS
Months before his team even made it to the playoffs in 2016, Daniel Campbell went all in on getting a Chicago Cubs World Series tattoo. Fortunately for him, the team came through with its first championship in more than a century. What follows are some of best tattoos proving each recipient’s diehard allegiance to their beloved Cubbies.
IRON-ON CUBS LOGO PATCH
Tim Beck at Freedom Ink Tattoos in Peoria, Illinois rendered this photorealistic embroidered iron-on patch for one very-pleased client.
HOLY COW ITS HARRY CARAY
No visage is as associated with the Cubs as longtime announcer Harry Caray, depicted above — along with his signature phrase — in a full-color tattoo.
Prior to their 2016 World Series triumph, Cubs fans had to endure the far-too-frequent seasonal successes of their bitter rivals in neighboring Missouri. This tattoo expresses the pent up frustration with the St. Louis Cardinals shared by many a Chicagoan.
LAND OF LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated five years before the Cubs franchise was founded, but had he been alive its almost certain he would have waxed eloquent on America’s Pastime being played a scant carriage ride from Lake Michigan.
CUBS PIN-UP TATTOOS
Pin-up models have been a mainstay of tattoo design for as long as pin-ups have been a thing, and the renderings can range from realistic, like the above design…
… to rather cartoony, like the pin-striped beauty depicted above…
… to completely cartoony, like this one featuring Betty Boop posing in front of the Chicago skyline.
SUPER FAN BILL MURRAY
Comedian Bill Murray, born and raised in the Chicago burbs, has been a Cubs fan through thick and mainly thin.
Erik Thvedt of Dundee, Illinois executed this blackwork tattoo that calls to mind Eastern-style mandalas. Lisa, the recipient and lifelong Cubs’ fan, now sports an arm that is like a portable museum piece.
FULL-SLEEVE, SKIN-SWIRL TATTOO
This full-sleeve tattoo design, celebrating the Cubs 2016 World Series title, nicely touches on a number of iconic features of the franchise from the ivy-covered brick wall in the outfield to the club’s striking logo.