When a die-hard Kentucky fan named Tyler Austin Black got a calf tatt proclaiming his team the national champion, some may have raised their eyebrows at his bold move. However, the Wildcats had been on a winning streak since he went under the needle, leaving some wondering whether his ink may be an accurate prophecy. Black was clearly confident that Kentucky was going to come out on top – so much so that he hit up the tatt parlor before the tournament even began. Unfortunately, his new design didn't prove to be true, as UConn beat Kentucky 60-54 in the national championship game.
So what is Black going to do now? One would expect the sports enthusiast to have some tattoo regret – after all, his ink is not only a permanent reminder of their loss, but some even believe it could have jinxed the team. However, in a recent interview, Black revealed that he would not be considering tattoo removal methods, despite the fact that it seems like the logical thing to do.
"I'm keeping it," he told ESPN after UConn's win. "It's a way to remember this team and it's part of my life story."
There's no denying that Black's refusal to get rid of the irrelevant ink demonstrates impressive loyalty to the Wildcats. While he may not be ready to eliminate the etching now, he may change his mind in a few years. Of course, he always has the option of getting the design altered down the road. In fact, if Kentucky ends up winning the championship in the future, all he would have to do is have the year changed in his design. For now, though, Black has joined a group of superfans who got a celebratory tatt a little prematurely.
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* Source: Harris Interactive, 2013