Of course, as of this moment, we don’t know what teams will face each other in the Super Bowl. However, as some football fans have shown, you don’t have to wait for your team to actually make it to the big game before indelibly celebrating with a Super Bowl tattoo.
During the 2011 football season, fan Chris Brown (who became widely known as the “Super Bowl Tattoo Guy”) attended his first Houston Texans game. It was around this time that he got a tattoo of the Texans logo, along with the words “Super Bowl XLVI Champions.” Forget that Super Bowl XLVI wasn’t going to be played until February 2012. Let’s forget the fact that the Texans hadn’t yet secured a playoff berth — the Texans had never ever ever made the playoffs since entering the league in 2000. The Texans did make it to the playoffs that season, although they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. Which means Brown’s tattoo is a permanent reminder of what never was. On top of that, he purposely added shading around the Roman numerals so that his Super Bowl tattoo could not be updated when — er, if — the Texans ever do win a Super Bowl.
Yes, that’s his forearm. Another good call.
In keeping with the Super Bowl tattoo idea that doesn’t make a ton of sense, how about this one, on a Detroit Lions fan?
That makes perfect sense. They finished the 2005 season with a 5-11 record and, needless to say, did not make it to the Super Bowl, let alone win it. But hey, how about this homage to the Detroit Lions in 2008?
That’s just plain funny.
Speaking of disappointing seasons, you can check out a couple Philadelphia Eagles tattoos, if you’re so inclined.
Here’s an amazing Super Bowl tattoo by Eddy Lee of the Tattoo Art Gallery of Sacramento:
The San Francisco 49ers are still in the running (until we find out the outcome of this afternoon’s game)…but since this piece celebrates their five previous Super Bowl wins, it truly is a timeless Super Bowl tattoo.
As is this football tattoo commemorating the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated season. In 1972.
Wow. That’s um…something.
There are some pretty extreme football fans out there…including Glenn Timmerman, who must really, really love “da Bears”:
Timmerman literally has players and coaching staff members sign their names onto his body and he heads directly to a tattoo studio to get the autographs tattooed into his skin. I can’t make this up. Here’s what his back looks like:
Yep. That’s uh…dedication all right.
Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without a Super Bowl tattoo nod to the Pittsburgh Steelers…
That sure is a lot of skin to devote to the Steelers, but not as much as this guy:
Holy guacamole! That’s insane. I’m not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but even I can’t deny the amazing artwork involved in this full back piece.
I might be a little biased against this piece because I was never a John Elway fan, but even if I did like him, I still wouldn’t consider a portrait of Elway on your leg a good idea.
It’s good work, sure…but John Elway covering your thigh? Come on now. That’s a bit much, right? Right?
This next tattoo might not be a Super Bowl tattoo per se, but I don’t think anything — seriously, anything — can beat this beauty…*be warned…while there is no actual nudity, it might be considered offensive. At least, it is to me.*
That’s the Manning brothers. More specifically, Eli Manning giving Peyton Manning a “noogie.” On some man’s butt. I would have cropped it completely so that only the tattoo was visible, but I think it really needs to be seen in context. Plus, you would have missed the tattoos of the insects that appear to be crawling out of his butt. As well as the text on the other butt cheek. And let’s not ignore the hairiness (you have NO idea how much hair I covered up with my little censor oval and rectangle…seriously). It really adds to the whole presentation, does it not?
Do you love a football team enough to get them tattooed on your body?