Awesome Sports Fan Athlete Tributes
Sports fans have something few so-called fanatics can seriously lay their own claim to—license to be an obsessive stalker.
Of course, we don't call the most over-the-top fans stalkers; we use labels like "superfan" or "Jaguars season-ticket holder." Their behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it's actually even celebrated.
Do you love movie director J.J. Abrams' ability to marry action, suspense and style without sacrificing the story? If you choose to turn your admiration into a wall-sized, self-painted mural of Abrams taking command of set and scene...you'll freak out a lot of people.
Whereas if you choose to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame Royals third baseman George Brett with a giant back tattoo depicting the pine tar incident, people are going to say it's freakin' awesome.
Though no one is in a legit competition to see who can fill their basement up with the most Lindsay Lohan memorabilia—because that's terrifying—sports fans proudly try to outdo each other when it comes to athlete tributes.
These are some of the most awesome fan athlete tributes.
Instagram ID: tonyhawk
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to meet a legend like skateboarder Tony Hawk. There is at least one fan out there who will remember that moment forever. As far as tattoos go, at least it’s not too intrusive.
Instagram ID: l_webb21
Caption: Artwork! #rayrice
Obviously, this isn’t Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb but rather an impressive artistic rendering he posted to Instagram of his teammate Ray Rice donning a Steelers Terrible Towel on his dome. It was inspired by real-life events that transpired in 2012.
Instagram ID: dockett90
Caption: This is a nice drawing! S--t looks just like me lol! Even the elephant trunk!
Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett is understandably pleased by the very generous physical dimensions in this fan drawing. In real life, his head would be bigger than a beach ball and his arms like tree trunks. Even so, the drawing is pretty solid.
Instagram ID: devine_mathieu
Looks like there are still some LSU fans longing for the days of Tyrann Mathieu, who was one of the most electrifying players in college football before getting the boot before the 2012 season. Certainly can’t blame them, either—he was a Heisman finalist in 2011.
Instagram ID: miketyson
Caption: It's cool to see people having fun with my tattoo.
Retired boxer Mike Tyson always enjoys seeing his tattoo on faces other than the one in his mirror. His tattoo artist, on the other hand, does not. Hopefully he doesn’t sue this little boy like he sued to halt the release of The Hangover Part II.
Instagram ID: naterobinson
Caption: #fanart love it ... Thanks to who ever made this #stateofnate #holdatnation #holdat #hdn #heartoverheight
This is supposedly a caricature of Robinson, but it doesn’t quite deliver in terms of comic or grotesque effect. Since the only exaggerated feature seems to be his head (and maybe his six-pack abs), the artist should’ve gone a lot bigger.
Instagram ID: floydmayweather
Caption: I appreciate and love all my fans. This tattoo looks like the real thing. I like to call this BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
Honestly, boxer Floyd Mayweather has so much fan art dedicated to him that the stuff he posts on Instagram alone could be its own list. Narrowing them down to two wasn’t easy, but this creepily lifelike tattoo was a no-brainer. Floyd Money was also quite taken by it.
Instagram ID: floydmayweather
Caption: I appreciate all my fans
There were a lot of other good ones, but none were nearly as elaborate or large as this guy’s full-back mural dedicated to everything Las Vegas. Between Mayweather’s likeness and that of one of his many luxury vehicles, he represents at least 25 percent of the real estate on this living billboard. That's dedication.
Instagram ID: sydneyleroux
Caption: Thank you to the fan that drew this! That's 100% Boss's face every time I try to take pictures with him.
Whoever made this birthday card for American soccer star Sydney Leroux is one of her Instagram superfans, because an adorably large percentage of the photos she posts are selfies with or without her teeny, tiny dog.
Instagram ID: kellyslater
Caption: And the last photo of the @deanvinci painting. I think #Rabbit is the only guy in both the old and new paintings. Check @happyreef76 diving off the ski... #GhostRideTheWhip! #AIForever #PittedSoPitted and #BruceIrons throwing #Shakas. Some heavy #HashTagging going down right now. @raimanaworld@stridersworld @lyndieirons @miairons @kalanimiller
Apparently, Kelly Slater is surfer Jesus? That would explain the halo.
Instagram ID: scottiepippen
Caption: Thanks for sending this my way. I'll be posting fan work every Monday...lots of love to the #teampippen fans!
Not only does that fan art do Bulls legend Scottie Pippen justice, but it might actually be the best he’s ever looked. Something about that portrait is really working for me.
Instagram ID: 21vdavis
Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is the younger brother of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who got his tattoo as a tribute to his kid brother’s college football days. A much less creepy sentiment than the rest of the strangers on this list who were willing to do the same thing.
Instagram ID: kingjames
Caption: My guy Shane Battier said he was out somewhere and a guy ran up to him to show him this tatted on his leg. I really don't know how I'm suppose to feel about it. Lol. Ummm I guess that's pretty cool/creepy/awesome all the same time!
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has probably seen hundreds, if not thousands, of terrible tattoo tributes to himself at this point. Although most of them manage to capture his overall likeness successfully, there’s always something just a little off about them. However, this one looks like the Mona Lisa compared to this monstrosity.