I wasn’t initially going to write this blog post. However, after living for many years in Vancouver, I’m finally leaving, hitting the open road and jumping off into the vast unknown craziness of the world. For those of you outside of Canada who couldn’t care less about hockey (basically everyone on earth), I’ll just let you know that Vancouver’s hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks, are about to start a playoff series this week against the Boston Bruins for the NHL championship, known as the Stanley Cup.
In Vancouver, this is massive news. Everyone seems to be unable to think of anything else and the fanaticism has reached massively annoying levels. That’s why it didn’t surprise me when I discovered this news story about a Canuck fan taking the plunge and getting a Canuck related tattoo. But he’s not the only one. There certainly are more fans out there willing to do the same and even more bandwagon jumpers if the Canucks actually win the Stanley Cup.
‘I’m a Canucks fan through and through,” said [Timothy] Simpson, a Vancouver bartender who was born in northern Alberta.
“Supporting the team, there’s a lot of different ways you can do that. By just believing, by getting something like this.”
Simpson is not alone in wanting to permanently proclaim his support for the team.
Canucks tattoos are a regular topic of discussion on Twitter, where prospective supporters discuss design and arrange pacts to get inked.
More than 125 people in two separate Facebook groups have vowed in previous years to get tattooed, and on the “Crazy Canucks Fan Dare Challenge” group, pledges to get tattoos — if the Canucks take home the Cup — abound.’
Now as I previously said, I’m a Vancouverite (soon to be ex), and I’ll let all of you fine people out there reading this in on something scandalous: I can’t stand the Vancouver Canucks or their fans. In these parts, that’s a pretty serious thing to say. People tend to not like it. The thing is, I would be more than willing to get a Boston Bruins tattoo simply to piss off Canucks fans. I’d be more than willing to do this, if I actually liked hockey or the Boston Bruins. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-Bruin – I hope they slaughter the Canucks – but I just don’t have the passion to get a pro-sports team tattoo.
Anyone out there willing to get a Bruins tattoo? If so, this is what I’m going to do: if you have a Boston Bruins tattoo or are planning on getting one at any point, or if you know anyone who does, please take a photo and email it to us at Tattoo Blog. I will gladly post any and all Bruins tattoos on the site for the enjoyment of Bruins fans everywhere.