Ah, baseball – the nostalgic, pastoral sport of our fathers. Hot summer nights, hot dogs and beer, and…wild, crazy tattoos? Yes baseball has attracted a new generation of fans, and some of them are pretty radical in their passionate support of their teams and the sport. Take these tattoos for example. Now, with the playoffs in full swing, maybe more people will be rushing in to their friendly neighborhood tattoo shop (like, we don't know, maybe, um…Tattoo Lou's?!) and grabbing some new ink like the following:
Ok, so you love the Dodgers. That's wonderful and all…but…is that…did someone throw a ball through your arm or are you so infected with team spirit you're growing actual baseball-like tumors complete with team branding?? Either way, that's pretty hardcore. The dripping blood is a nice touch, btw.
4. Death Throws a Curveball
This is obviously a rendering of Jamie Moyer, though he never played for the Angels. Probably a fan in support of Anaheim signing the free agent 49 year old. Yes, 49 and still hasn't officially retired. They actually got the eye sockets just about perfect.
3. Angry Bird
This pretty much sums up the feelings of all St. Louis fans after Albert Pujols left as a free agent. It's a good thing he went to the American League, where he'll rarely have to face his old team. This tattoo does, however, bring attention to just how widespread the baseball steroid problem has gotten. Mandatory testing for mascots can't be too far away.
2. The Yanks? Yeah, They're OK…
I think this guy likes the Yankees. Yes, yes…it does appear that he has some pretty strong feelings for the team. What gives it away? Oh, just a hunch really. Nothing more than that. Why? Are we missing something here?
1. Legends of the Game
Ok, so Yankee Back Tat Guy had more…vivid color working for him, but this guy wins the countdown for image complexity and overall…let's call it "thematic ambition." As you can see, those are accurately rendered faces of various baseball legends adorning his back. His arms are inked to look like baseball stitching, and those appear to be the hands of God holding players in his open palms while lightning reigns down, which actually isn't good because that will cause an instant weather delay, but regardless, props for turning yourself into the Sistine Chapel of America's Pastime, you crazy, crazy fan.
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