It was the celebration heard ‘round the world. After the Washington Capitals lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, the team partied harder than anyone could have seen coming.
Players swimming in fountains, Stanley Cup stands, ‘We are the Champions’ chants, and plenty of binge drinking. Alongside the players every step of the way were the diehard fans, feeling the unbridled joy as if they too had lifted Lord Stanley, and they were welcomed by the team with open arms.
It’s been seven months since the Caps won the Cup, and lifelong fan, Tyler Duchaine, spent each of those days deciding what tattoo he would get to commemorate his team winning the title. And then he came across a picture of Brett Connolly, eating pizza, while getting tattooed.
"In as few words as possible, that picture is a 'damn mood' as the kids say." Just like that, Tyler found his tattoo.
"Completely out of left field I saw that picture again, I thought 'You know, what if I did that? No one else has done this' and it's just completely crazy. It would be my first tattoo that I didn't have for an immediate family member, and honestly, at that point in the celebration, they all felt like family members in a certain way so i figured why not... I think I might go for it."
But before facing the needle, Tyler decided to have some fun with it. He posted a tweet saying, "10,000 RTs and I'll get a tattoo of Brett Connolly getting a tattoo." Shortly after, he lowered the price to 1,000 retweets.
"I originally had set 10,000 for the number and several of my friends had said 'Yeah, that's never gonna happen' and I was thinking 'You know, that might be the point, but at the same time I kind of really want this to happen' so I said screw it I'm gonna go down to 1,000. And it took less than 24 hours."
Among the supporters? Devante Smith-Pelly, who shared the picture right after it hit 1,000 retweets.
"I was like holy s---. I thought that was cool, I never imagined it would reach that level, to where actual players are retweeting it."
And Smith-Pelly wants to see this tattoo come to fruition. "I thought that was hilarious," he said, "it's a pretty funny picture so I'd love to see that happen." Not only does he want to be there, but he's willing to chip in some cash, "I'd love to be there, I'll pay for it if I have to, too. I mean, I wanna see that done for sure."
As of right now, Tyler has not yet made an appointment. He wants to make sure he finds the right artist to do the work. He has considered looking into Tattoo Paradise, where some of the players got their tattoos done. "It's gonna be at least a couple if not a few weeks, to a month in the works. At this point I already decided I'm gonna do the damn thing, now I need to do it by the books. I'm not gonna rush into it."
Overall, the tattoo may be considered crazy to some, but it will mean much more to Tyler once it's completed.
"It's gonna remind me of that week-long bender, that celebration everybody had. We got to pretty much celebrate side-by-side with the players, and it almost made it seem like they were more excited about it than the fans were, because the fans didn't know what to do with themselves. They very much got on our level during that time, so that's gonna remind me of all those feelings and that, you know, sometimes you don't feel as close to that team when they're riding high, but at that time, never felt closer to them."
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