Several Thunder fans took their love for the team to the next level. They had their team spirit permanently etched into their skin.
The best part? The Thunder tattoos these super fans received were free, courtesy of Josh Poindexter, owner of Tornado Tattoos, 3306 N MacArthur Blvd.
“I thought it would be good, bring in new business, be good for the city,” Poindexter said.
His girlfriend and brother gave him the idea to give away free tattoos from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday.
“Are there tears in my eyes? They're tears of joy,” said Brian Fuller, of Oklahoma City.
He was sitting in a tattoo chair, and Poindexter was finishing up a Thunder logo tattoo on Fuller's left calf. Fuller's was the first Thunder tattoo the artist has ever done.
Fuller has about 30 tattoos, many inked by Poindexter, who Fuller said does excellent work.
“I liked the idea of him supporting the Thunder,” Fuller said.
What does the tattoo represent to Fuller?
“Fun,” he said.
In the Tornado Tattoos waiting room, a group of eager Thunder fans, most with plenty of ink on their bodies already, waited for their turn in the chair.
Mary Tillman, 61, of Oklahoma City, said she planned to have her tattoo on her forearm. She has a few other tattoos but said they're not appropriate to show in public.
“This will be seen where the others will not,” Tillman said, flashing her long nails polished a bright Thunder blue.
Next to Tillman was Melani Hensley, 30, of Oklahoma City, also waiting for her free tattoo. She said she's been saving up for two tattoos — a Thunder tattoo and an OU tattoo. When she checked her Facebook account Friday morning, she said she saw a posting about the free Thunder tattoos, and it made her day.
So she threw on a Thunder T-shirt featuring Russell Westbrook, and she headed to the shop.
“Most of my tattoos have a memory,” she said.
She has memorial tattoos for two of her grandparents and said a Thunder tattoo also will carry sentimentality for her.
“This tattoo's going to be really important to me. It's a huge way to represent who I am, where I come from,” she said.