The human scalp—an ephemeral canvas. Cut your hair, buzz it, shave it, dye it, braid it, knot it, spike it, twist it, tie it, gel it, mousse it, spray it—do what you will with it. Soon it will all grow back, and you'll once again have a blank tableau.
This fleeting nature of hair art gives rise to bold choices. Sports lovers can raise their fanatic flags high. They can adorn themselves in ways they would never dare with tattoos.They can unabashedly broadcast their allegiances to the world around them.
Click on to see 25 truly crazy sports-tribute pates.
This Alabama fan got his hair cut (sculpted?) for the BCS National Championship Game.
Big Al is so realistic that this guy has put himself in grave danger of being chased down the street by excited hordes of peanut-tossing grade-schoolers.
It's unique and bold, I know. Shows great Olympic spirit, yes. But I just can't get over how much those rings look like these:
Let's just hope he's never the victim of a face mask penalty.
Knowing that the ancient Mayans used human heads as soccer balls, this cut sends a shiver up my spine.
Yeah, these things can go wrong. They can go terribly, terribly wrong.
Birds everywhere envied that mini soccer ball for its luxury digs.
One can only hope that this young lady did the responsible thing and cut those rings before she went swimming in the ocean.
This is either a tribute to the German national soccer team by a rabid fan or Commissioner Gordon's creative solution to a burned-out bulb in the Bat-Signal.
Middle school student Patrick Gonzalez felt the ginger connection with San Antonio Spur Matt Bonner, so he cleared some scalp real estate and populated it with Bonner's likeness.
However, a disheartened Gonzalez was forced to shave away his $75 portrait before he could return to school.
The story ends happily though, as the Spurs got wind of the devoted fan's plight and awarded his family playoff tickets last May.
And when the race is over, this guy can lie down on a park bench and let some old men play chess.
I've always admired barbers. Part craftsmen, part therapists, they can jaw with a college professor as easily as they can with a construction worker.
But I'll be the first to admit, I never really thought of them as artists.
Just check out this portrait of Ray Lewis, with scalp as a canvas and hair as paint. Come on now. Pretty amazing.
If you aren't convinced, compare it with the real thing:
Photo source: yardbarker.com
As Ray Lewis cuts become all the rage, 49ers fans work hard not to be out-devoted in the mop art milieu.
While Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Mike Iupati may not be as hair-o-genic as Ray Ray, the Golden Gate looks rather nice scalp-side. Wouldn't you agree?
Hey, once the mane goes silver, might as well have some fun with it, right?
Just in case you thought these portrait cuts were paint jobs or some kind of Photoshop dupe, here you can watch one shed into life.
The artistry here is done by a barber who goes by Rob the Original.
Bro Juneau of The Awesome Boston awarded this kid the title of "Most Die Hard Boston Bruins Fan Ever."
The sports-fan me admires the kid. The OCD me pities him. I mean, will that ever wash out? And with all that glue and gunk in there...can he even buzz it off?
Think I'll stick to jerseys and big foam fingers.
Christian Chavez's Johnny Football cut is a potent cut indeed. So potent, in fact, that it got the 17-year-old Chavez sent home from Hill Country High School in Kerrville, Texas.
Administrators felt the 'do would be too distracting to other students.
While I often find myself rooting for the wave makers, I have to admit, I'd be pretty unnerved if my desk were behind Chavez and I had to work under Manziel's hairy gaze and grin.
The proud wearer of this cut is James Long, aka "The Raven Maniac."
Though the usual rivalries have been sucked down in the maelstrom of Super Bowl frenzy, according to Long's Twitter feed, this is another cut he'd consider:
And here we thought tennis fans were all conservative in fashion style.
Kai Ward, a taxi driver from West Sussex, breaks the mold. He is a shining beacon of passion for the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
Click here for more views of his wacky hairdo.
I need to give a big shout-out to Bleacher Report reader James Okula, who drew the comparison between this man who shares his head with Kobe Bryant and this fella:
Picture source: thelastmuggle.com
Amidst the rising 2011 Cricket World Cup fever in India, 22-year-old Rajna Pandit took on this towering ruff.
Might be a bit inconvenient to have to always duck through doorways, but the 'do could double as a lethal weapon should the need for one ever arise.