Fandom is a strange and complex thing, particularly when it comes to the world of sports. As someone who’s not particularly attached to a team (or sport, for that matter), I’m often mystified by the level of extreme devotion displayed by sports fans.
However, one Brazilian man has officially taken his team devotion to new and unsettling levels.
33-year-old Maurício dos Anjos recently decided to show his dedication to his preferred soccer team, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, by having the team’s home jersey tattooed over his torso.
— VICE UK (@VICEUK) April 26, 2018
40% of dos Anjos’ body is now covered in a black and red-striped “jersey.
O torcedor Maurício dos Anjos tatuou a camisa do Flamengo no corpo!
O que achou da tatuagem? pic.twitter.com/KMuGujJx9b
— Esporte Interativo (@Esp_Interativo) April 22, 2018
According to VICE, the tattoo took “32 sessions and over 90 hours to complete.”
Can’t wait for the first person to do this with a Colorado Rapids jersey. pic.twitter.com/P6znf2kdwF
— Will Parchman (@WillParchman) April 23, 2018
Obviously, this level of fanaticism is pretty extra — especially considering the fact that dos Anjos’ “jersey” now covers a tattoo which he got to commemorate his daughter’s birth. “I have one [tattoo] for my eldest daughter,” he told VICE, “her footprint, with her name and date of birth. It was on my back, but the jersey tattoo covered it, so I’ll redo that one somewhere else.”
DUDE. JUST WEAR A JERSEY. THAT IS WHAT THEY’RE FOR.
Twitter wasted no time in raising their skeptical eyebrows over dos Anjos’ questionable life choice.
Your move, college football “fans” https://t.co/ZXaN8ciibh
— Rod Johnson (@OSCoachRJohnson) April 26, 2018
Sorry ladies he’s married https://t.co/klgxXpJHHx
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) April 26, 2018
I hope they change their team colors to green and blue tomorrow. https://t.co/q7cerwSD1y
— La Blaq @ MomoCon (@LoveAndShalom) April 26, 2018
That’s going to look a bit different in 20 yrs https://t.co/mR5A5Jox6P
— TerryDanuser (@TerryDanuser) April 26, 2018
Honestly, the most bizarre part of this whole story is that this man is married, and his wife (reluctantly) allowed him to get this bonkers tattoo.
I mean, that HAS to be true love, right?