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The Craziest Fan Tattoos in Sports

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterMarch 6, 2014

The Craziest Fan Tattoos in Sports

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    The tattoo, not unlike marriage, religion or gangs, is a major commitment that has the potential to haunt you forever. Although a tattoo that immortalizes your favorite team or player can quickly go from "great idea" to "regrettable," it's nothing on par with having your ex's name or a naked succubus riding a flaming dragon.  

    But, a sports tattoo is not something to take for granted either; the decision is rife with pitfalls that could be more catastrophic than deciding which player's jersey to buy.

    Your Pittsburgh Penguins Maxime Talbot jersey can be burned and replaced—and while the wasted cash is a shame—it will never, ever evoke the white hot regret that a poorly rendered Max Talbot face etched somewhere on your body will. 

    That doesn't mean that seeing insane sports tattoos on other people isn't great—their regret (or pride) is our gain. And the combination of blind devotion and inebriation that often inspires fans to make impulsive decisions is the perfect formula for a tattoo that can stop traffic.

    These are the craziest fan tattoos in sports.

Newcastle United

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    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Date: January 2011

    Event: Sunderland vs. Newcastle United

    What’s with all these pale, chubby English soccer fans getting massive belly tattoos? This guy is shining a massive spotlight on the one part of his body you’d think he’d most like to cover up.

    It’s certainly the part (which is legally allowed to be exposed) that everyone else would like him to cover up. 

Dallas Cowboys

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    Associated Press

    Date: September 2010

    Event: Cowboys vs. Bears

    Look at this poor bastard. You know there are few people in Dallas who are more devastated by general manager Jerry Jones’ reign of abject mediocrity than this inked fan.

    That’s far too much body real estate to dedicate to a perennial 8-8 team. 

Hampshire

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    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Date: May 2007

    Event: LV County Championship, Hampshire vs. Yorkshire

    Everything about this fella’s back is awful, but I think it’s the rogue scorpion that really sends it over the edge. 

Vancouver Canucks

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    Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

    Date: November 2008

    Event: Flames vs. Canucks 

    This guy’s tattoo actually wouldn’t be that crazy if it were located on the lower back of a woman. Sorry, but that thing screams “tramp stamp.” 

Vancouver Canucks

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    Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

    Date: November 2008

    Event: Flames vs. Canucks 

    Apparently, very bad decisions are an epidemic among the Canucks faithful. Much like their team’s choke jobs in the playoffs every year. 

England National Team

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    Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

    Date: June 2012

    Event: Euro 2012, England vs. Ukraine 

    Not only is the view of this tattoo especially unappealing, getting inked with a declarative statement is never a good idea. Will there always be an England? Probably. But what if there isn’t? That would only be an ugly daily reminder. 

New England Patriots

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    Associated Press

    Date: November 2009

    Event: Patriots vs. Colts 

    Because of the dimensions, this tattoo cannot be seen in its entirety. Which is for the best, honestly, as it doesn’t get any better at the bottom. I can’t believe this guy got the name of a razor and the stadium permanently inked on his arm...his whole arm.

    This tattoo is more permanent than any building. 

Moto X Freestyle

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    Elsa/Getty Images

    Date: August 2002

    Event: Moto X Freestyle 

    It’s hard to tell if that’s a man or a woman in the photo, although I think it’s a man. That tattoo would be ill-advised on a woman; on a man, it’s just plain wrong. 

England National Team

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    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Date: June 2004

    Event: Euro 2004, Croatia vs. England 

    This tramp stamp is on the lower back of an English fan—the photo had to be cropped, but I promise you that “England” was plastered across the butt of this guy’s shorts. What that has to do with red hands breaking out of shackles is above my pay grade. 

Philadelphia Flyers

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    Matt Slocum/Associated Press

    Date: June 2010

    Event: Stanley Cup Final, Flyers vs. Blackhawks 

    I don't want to get too down on this tattoo, because it's clear the owner is crazier than the ink. 

AFC Ajax

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    Michel Porro/Getty Images

    Date: September 2002

    Event: Litmanen Stars New Season

    Not only is this guy’s tattoo awful, but the fact that he’s making someone autograph the upper portion of his right breast is practically an act of terrorism. 

Washington Redskins

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    Evan Vucci/Associated Press

    Date: August 2009

    Event: Redskins training camp 

    On one hand, I’m impressed with this guy’s tattoo artist—creating such a symmetrical chart on an expanding surface couldn’t have been easy. On the other hand, this dude basically has a spreadsheet on his entire back. 

Newcastle United

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    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Date: May 2004

    Event: Olympique De Marseille vs. Newcastle United

    Let’s be honest here. This one is more about the canvas than the painting. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Associated Press

    Date: November 2011

    Event: Raiders vs. Bears

    So many things about this tattoo scene are weird. The Lombardi Trophies look like they’re sprouting from the Beavis and Butt-Head-like rendering of Al Davis, whose disembodied head is resting awkwardly on a comically undersized Raiders helmet. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

    Date: November 2013

    Event: Raiders vs. Eagles 

    Here's another tattooed tribute to the late Al Davis. Whatever gains this one makes for looking less scary than the last one are completely wiped out by the skeleton on the other leg that looks like it’s about to shoot Davis in the dome. 

Stoke City

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    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Date: April 2011

    Event: FA Cup semifinal, Bolton Wanderers vs. Stoke City 

    This Stoke City fan got one tattoo too many. Can you guess which one pushed him over the edge? Never get a tattoo that accentuates the weird shelf on a naked skull. 

UEFA Champions League

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    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Date: May 2006

    Event: UEFA Champions League Final 

    A butt tattoo is almost never a good idea. I’ve never seen a good butt tattoo in all my years, which is why I said almost—they say nothing is impossible. 

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Associated Press

    Date: October 2012

    Event: Steelers vs. Eagles 

    Here's Chuck Salomon representing Eagles green at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field prior to a game against the Steelers. He’s going to be devastated when he finds out eagles don’t have teeth. 

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Associated Press

    Date: October 2012

    Event: Steelers vs. Eagles 

    Here’s Chuck Salomon again! Apparently he moved down to his thighs after he ran out of room on his ample belly. Anyone else wondering if his belly button started off as an outie or just transitioned out of necessity?

    Maybe it's just trying to get away out of sheer embarrassment. 

Celtic F.C.

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    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Date: July 2009

    Event: FA Wembley Cup, Celtic vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

    This piece of body art features Spider-Man, a name and number, a man who wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of MAD magazine, a crucifix and someone who might be the Pope but closely resembles Vladimir Putin.

    Looks like someone should have stopped after Spider-Man. 

Dallas Cowboys

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    Gregory Bull/Associated Press

    Date: September 2013

    Event: Cowboys vs. Chargers

    As far as massive back tattoos go, at least this one is well done. What’s crazy about this thing is Troy Aikman is the cornerstone of it rather than Roger Staubach. 

England National Team

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    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Date: June 2004

    Event: Euro 2004, Croatia vs. England 

    This isn’t a service to England. In fact, this is a massive disservice to England. That oddly undersized tribute to his country only served to weaken a nation. I hope he’s happy. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Date: January 2011

    Event: Steelers Fan Collection, Miller Gallery 

    The Steelers tattoos in this art exhibit are jarring. First of all, I’m not particularly religious, but I can’t imagine integrating a crucifix into a football tattoo is something Jesus would do. Also, how could you ever sleep with Jack Lambert’s face snarling into your soul?

AC Milan

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    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Date: May 2007

    Event: UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool vs. AC Milan 

    Unless you’ve got a top-notch tattoo artist with a decades-long proven track record of successfully inking human faces on human bodies that don’t look like the crudely drawn portraits of an artistically talented toddler, it’s probably best to avoid them at all costs. This tattoo is proof of that. 

Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars

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    Adam Pretty/Getty Images

    Date: November 1999

    Event: FAI Bathurst 1000

    You have to give it to this guy. That tattoo is an absolute race-car crash, but at least he committed to it. The wicked sunburn is a nice touch. 

Manchester United

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    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Date: April 2011

    Event: FA Cup semifinal, Manchester United vs. Manchester City 

    Once again, I’m just not sure Jesus would love this. Unless all those guys around him on that dude’s back were crucified, it seems that including Jesus here would marginalize his ordeal. But like I said, I’m not religious, so maybe this stuff was given the OK in the Bible. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Date: September 2013

    Event: Raiders vs. Jaguars

    We’ve all seen far worse Raiders tattoos than this one, but imagine what that thing is going to look like a few years down the road when he’s no longer...working out...with the same frequency. 

England National Team

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    Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

    Date: June 2004

    Event: England fans camping in Portugal 

    Here's another horrifying tribute to England that is permanently inked on the pale love handles of one of its own. The patriotic tramp stamp is bad, and the ridiculous Asian characters near the nape of his neck are even worse. I bet the English translation of that tattoo is “drunk, white idiot.” 

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Date: October 2010

    Event: Penguins vs. Flyers 

    Let this be a lesson to everyone! It’s bad enough to be stuck with the jersey of some obscure mediocre player after he bails for the first team that overpays him, but it’s much worse to have his face live forever on your leg. I had a Max Talbot jersey before he peaced out to the Flyers—this dude wishes all he had was a jersey.  

Newcastle United

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    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Date: April 2010

    Event: Newcastle United vs. Ipswich Town 

    Remember what I just said about the Max Talbot tattoo? Well, imagine that idiot had a jersey tattooed on his back too. Maybe this Shearer character never left Newcastle, but it’s still a crazy idea—especially when paired with a Spider-Man hood. On the bright side, this guy has one less shirt to wash. 

Leicester City

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    Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

    Date: March 2008

    Event: West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City 

    This soul-sucking tattoo accentuates the asymmetrical gathering of the wearer's back fat. I wish I hadn’t spent all that time examining it because now I want to gouge my eyeballs out with a spoon. 

Celtic F.C.

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    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Date: April 2003

    Event: Celtic fans get ready for their trip to Seville 

    You don’t have to see the massive back tattoo of a bunch of people bending over to know this is a man who makes bad decisions. The sombrero alone tells that story—never trust anyone wearing a sombrero, unless that person is selling sombreros. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Date: October 2012

    Event: Jaguars vs. Raiders

    Something tells me this guy doesn’t get invited home to meet the parents very often. He may be a perfectly nice guy, but a Raiders head tattoo? That’s a deal breaker, ladies

Newcastle United

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    Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    Date: February 2011

    Event: Blackburn Rovers vs. Newcastle United

    So wrong. So very, very wrong. The only good thing about this guy’s tattoo is that he was honest enough to make a fellow fat guy the star of the show. This is wholly unpleasant, but it would be much worse if a topless woman was trying to pawn off that bottle of Newcastle Ale to unsuspecting strangers. 

Argentina National Team

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    Associated Press

    Date: June 2010

    Event: FIFA World Cup, South Africa vs. Argentina 

    This Argentine fan is so covered in ink that it’s impossible to tell if any of them are even sports related. Not that ironing out that little detail will make it any easier for him to find a job. 

NASCAR

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    Patrick Smith/Getty Images

    Date: July 2013

    Event: Camping World RV Sales 301

    The phrase "NASCAR Girl" is what really brings this seemingly incoherent ink montage together—yet, so many questions remain unanswered.

    Where does the mystical staircase lead to? Who is the woman walking down it? What is the NASCAR connection? Are the butterfly and moon parts of the scene or just a product of limited space?

England National Team

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    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Date: October 2013

    Event: FIFA World Cup Qualifier, England vs. Montenegro 

    Part skin diorama and part menacing advertisement for English hooliganism, I'd read this guy in the waiting room of my dentist's office if I didn't think he might kill me.

San Diego Chargers

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    Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Date: December 2012

    Event: Bengals vs. Chargers

    I'm neither passing judgment nor being snide when I tell you that I've never met a real Chargers fan in my life. Not one. 

    But if the team inspires this guy to live with a Chargers demon tattoo on his melon until death do they part, then I'll just have to assume that geography is likely the reason why. 

Tottenham Hotspur FC

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    Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    Date: September 2012

    Event: UEFA Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur vs. S.S. Lazio 

    If Mike Tyson's face tattoo had a spirit animal, this dude would fit the bill. But considering the visual image that his mere presence creates, I'd have to say the middle finger is a little redundant. 

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Donald Miralle/Getty Images

    Date: May 2001

    Event: Spurs vs. Lakers 

    The “I slept with Shaq” tattoo was so insane that I felt the need to Google search and find out the story behind it. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t find any explanation that would make this thing seem like a good idea.

    What I did find is a time gap of more than a decade between when Getty Images says this photo was taken and when this insane dude actually got some attention for his bad decision making.

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