The names of the 2011 Stanley Cup champs will forever be etched on sport’s greatest trophy — and love for the Bruins [team stats] will forever be tattooed on the bodies of some of the team’s most fervent fans.
“We’ve been getting calls all morning long,” Larry Allen, manager of The Painted Bird Tattoo shop in Medford, said yesterday. “in fact, we’ve got two guys in the lobby right now waiting to get the Bruins logo.”
Since the start of the Stanley Cup finals, two to three customers a day have visited Allen’s shop to get a Bruins badge, he said.
The basic spoked B logo has been a customer favorite, but at Ferry Street Ink in Everett, 22-year-old Jordan Rogers of Bridgewater yesterday sought a more creative tattoo for his torso: a picture of Smokey the Bear with the Stanley Cup.
“I made a bet with my buddy in 2007 when I was a sophomore in college that if the Bruins win before I graduate, I’d get this tattoo,” said Rogers, a student at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Buddy Ricci of Malden already had Bruins tattoos when he walked in to Ferry Street Ink, but he wanted to improve one with the addition of a short line of text: “Stanley Cup Champions 2011.”
Ricci has four tattoos in honor of his beloved B’s. but he has designs on a new one: a flying Bobby Orr.
“Tattoos show my love for the Bruins, and I wear them to show my pride,” said Ricci, who also has nine other tattoos from the waist up.
Medford resident William Ivey also was in line yesterday for some B’s ink: a picture of the Stanley Cup and the spoked B logo tattooed on his chest.
“when anyone wants to put something on their body for the rest of their life, it’s always meaningful,” said Ferry Street Ink owner Shawn Coyle.
“and when they specifically come in to get the Stanley Cup, it means hockey is in their blood, it’s not like they’re picking a design off the wall. It’s a good feeling to see that. Today was a great day.”