Blackhawks fans show their devotion with tattoos
By Mike Danahey and Erika Wurst Sun-Times Media June 25, 2013 6:44PM
Longtime Hawks fan Maureen Burnett of Geneva displays the Blackhawks C with tomahawks logo she got Tuesday at Augie's Place Tattooing in South Elgin. | Mike Danahey~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 27, 2013 6:38AM
Maureen Burnett expressed her love of the Chicago Blackhawks in a pretty permanent way Tuesday.
She went to Augie’s Place Tattooing in South Elgin to get a tattoo of the team’s C-with-tomahawks logo on her upper torso.
“I’ve always wanted one, and it was time. I was going to come in no matter what,” Burnett said. It was her fourth tattoo.
Burnett, of Geneva, made it clear that she’s no fair-weather fan. Her devotion to the team dates back 30 years, since the first time she saw the Blackhawks at a standing-room-only game at the Chicago Stadium. “I love the fast pace and the excitement,” Burnett said.
Burnett is not alone in expressing her affection for the Blackhawks through body art.
Tony Pomeroy at Augie’s — the artist behind Burnett’s work — said that the shop has done about nine Blackhawk-related tattoos during the playoff run. The biggest was about the size of a softball.
An informal survey of other tattoo establishments showed a handful of people are showing their support for the team with new body art.
Staffers at Topnotch Tattoos in downtown Elgin guessed that five to 10 people came in for Hawks designs in recent months.
Others also were bleeding black and red long before the Stanley Cup returned to Chicago this year.
“Bandwagon fans won’t go as far as to put something permanently on their bodies,” Naperville resident Brian Cooney said Tuesday.
Cooney, 31, who said he hasn’t missed a Hawks game in six years, proved his allegiance to the team before Monday’s night championship was even close to being in the bag. In January, the die-hard fan showed up at a local tattoo shop looking to ink-up his leg with the team logo.
“My whole leg will be dedicated to the Hawks,” he said. “They brought life back into the NHL.”
Allie Sider of Tatu Tattoo in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood said that things should swing into full gear at the shop come Friday’s Stanley Cup show-off parade. Things were pretty slow at the shop Tuesday, but Sider expects to see the die-hards lining up later in the week.
Tattoo artist Mark Hoffmann, of Dinosaur Tattoo Studio in Waukegan, said Hawks fans started coming in last week.
“We will start seeing more in a day or two. . . . After a big win, you always see fans coming in to get their team engraved on their body permanently,” he said. “They want to show their pride.”
Chris Baker, of Ink 180 in Oswego, spent Tuesday morning sketching out Hawks logos in anticipation that fans will pop in for a tattoo.
“It’s fun, people get into it,” Baker said. “It feeds into the insanity. . . . I can’t imagine if the Cubs ever win the World Series. I will probably have to hire 20 artists and be here around the clock.”