DENVER - There are fans, and there are super fans. And then, there are those fans willing to mark their fandom permanently.
Local tattoo parlors have seen an uptick in the number of people requesting Denver Broncos ink since the team advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII. At Endless Ink Tattoo in Denver, the rush of Broncos-inspired tattoos first started during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game.
"People were coming in from the bars and restaurants around the area," Endless Ink Tattoo co-owner Alexander Kennedy said. "It just kind of got overwhelmingly crazy once the game was over."
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Since then, the flow of Broncos fans has been steady. On Tuesday, Kennedy was forced to call in more tattoo artists to help service fans looking for new Broncos ink.
"I've just lived here my whole life and basically just wanted a Broncos tattoo," first-time-ink-getter Javier Vigil said. "I just love the Broncos."
Vigil is just one of many fans celebrating Denver's return to the Super Bowl in more than a decade with ink. Kennedy says for those first timers considering the permanent mark, it's all about pride.
"Pain is pride. That's what it's all about. You know, you're going to go through a little of the uncomfortable feeling of getting the ink on you, but the pride lasts forever," Kennedy said. "When [the Broncos] win the Super Bowl two weeks from now, you'll be able to look at [your tattoo and know] you were the first in line to get it done."
Endless Ink Tattoo is currently offering a promotion for all Broncos tattoos. The cost is $50, with a portion of proceeds going to a local charity in Colorado.
Next week, Endless Ink Tattoo will attempt to set a record for the most Super Bowl inspired tattoos.
"If your team is the Denver Broncos, which we do love, or your team is the Seattle Seahawks, which we don't love, come down and we're going to try to set the record of 303 Super Bowl inspired tattoos," Kennedy said.
Seahawks fans, be weary of misspellings on your tattoos. Kidding, of course.
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