In our #TattooTuesday series we will be scouring fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — football, basketball, baseball, 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 north to look at the best-of-the-best Maple Leafs fans’ ink from Toronto and beyond.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS TATTOOS
Due to their appealing shape, maple leaves have long been a popular pick for a tattoo design, irrespective of whether the recipient hails from Toronto or is even a hockey fan. Unlike the generic designs featured in the above video, what follows are some of best tattoos explicitly showing the recipient’s diehard allegiance to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ANCHOR MEET SHIP
Our first entrant is actually a coverup for an earlier Leafs Nation anchor theme that was embellished with a multi-masted ship sailing a moonlit sea.
The cleanly rendered maple leaf above is adorned with the Toronto skyline complete with the CN Tower and a No. 13, famously worn by Hall of Fame Leafs center Mats Sundin.
RED MAPLE LEAF
Normally, the Maple Leaf’s leaf is blue in color, but this fan went with a more-realistic, fall-colored leaf inscribed with a silhouette of a hockey player.
Amateur powerlifter Hilary had the ink refreshed on her whimsically-lettered arm decoration for one very-blue Maple Leafs tattoo.
TORONTO HEART BEAT
Our next tattoo superimposes the Leafs logo over an electrocardiograph plot suggesting that this particular fan lives and dies by Toronto’s fortunes on the ice.
FAN BLEEDS BLUE
Talk about having some skin in the game… Saving the best for last, this Bleed Blue tattoo is a full-back number so impressive that Ford turned it into an ad for their Mustang sports car.