In our #TattooTuesday series we scour fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer.
Few acts show one’s commitment to a particular sports team as dramatically as getting a tattoo of their logo or one of the franchise’s star players. This week we head to Dallas to look at the best-of-the-best Cowboys ink from Texas and beyond.
DALLAS COWBOYS TATTOOS
It’s likely no fan’s dedication to the Boys in Blue is as thorough as that of Mark Shenefield — better known as “Tattoo Mark”. His entire torso is a document in flesh to the legends of the past including Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Larry Allen. What follows are some of best tattoos proving each recipient’s almost-as-diehard allegiance to the football team from Arlington.
COWBOYS RING OF HONOR
Our first tattoo includes longtime Cowboys head coach Tom Landry and quarterback Roger Staubach, who collaborated in Dallas on Super Bowl titles at the conclusion of the 1971 and 1977 seasons.
Doing Landry and Staubach one better, the pairing of quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith accounted for three Super Bowl rings for The Boys during the 1990s.
Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott have yet to add to the Cowboys’ Super Bowl tally, but if they are able to replicate their predecessors’ successes it seems almost inevitable they too will one day make the Ring of Honor.
Dallas has five championships in all, tying them with San Francisco for second place behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots who have six Super Bowl wins apiece. This tattoo accounts for each of the Cowboys title years without allowing any obvious space to accommodate future trophies.
You don’t have to live in Texas to be a committed fan of the Cowboys. This thoroughly-patriotic, skin-rip design was commissioned at Miss Tara Tattoo in Deer Park, New York.
Meanwhile, on the other coast, award-winning tattoo artist Jose Fernandez created this beauty which creates the illusion of the wearer possessing muscles of steel.
For this fan, the traditional pin-up tattoo took the form of Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit dressed up as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
DALLAS SKYLINE TATTOO
The Dallas skyline might not be as universally recognized as that of Manhattan or San Francisco, but Cowboys fans everywhere recognize their backlit namesake city.
THREE TEARS TATTOO
This woman’s tattoo appears to be her own likeness shedding three tears whilst wearing a Cowboys woolen cap, which may or may not reference the three Super Bowl losses Dallas suffered in the 1970s.
Helmets are meant to be worn on the head, but can make a striking statement when tattooed on the back of the hand like this Cowboys hardhat.