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OKC Thunder fans get free ink to show team support

Josh Poindexter, owner of Tornado Tattoos, 3306 N MacArthur Blvd., offered free Oklahoma City Thunder tattoos Friday in his shop.
by Heather Warlick Published: June 8, 2012
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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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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