Uproxx- The San Antonio Spurs logo has been coopted by a local prison gang, so maybe hold off on that Spurs face tattoo for a bit until things settle down, eh?
My San Antonio caught up with some tattoo shops to see how they’ve handled the rise in Spurs tattoos associated with prison gang Tango Orejon, the San Antonio chapter of the Tango Blast prison gang. Many tattoo shops basically have to warn customers that having team pride could get them in trouble if they put a Spurs tattoo in the wrong spot.
“We won’t put it on someone’s neck or face or further down their arm where someone could see it and assume they’re associated with that gang,” said Laura Rosario, manager at the downtown San Antonio tattoo shop called Ring of Fire. “We try to make sure that they know.”
Ha! Who says the San Antonio Spurs are boring?! They may lull people to sleep by annually winning 55-60 games of team oriented basketball by uneventfully sharing the ball, and the personalities of their star players of now and yesteryear may be lacking, but if a goddamn gang affiliation isn't enough to spice up their image then I don't know what the hell is. I suppose it sucks that diehard fans can no longer show their devotion to the team in visible ink without allying themselves with ex-cons, but at least it's now mildly bad ass to be a Spurs fan with a sports tattoo.
Plus, let's be honest here, it's about goddamn time there was some risk associated with rooting for San Antonio. What's it been, like two decades since they had to worry about fielding a team capable of winning a championship? The way I see it, every true Spurs fan should be forced to get tattoo on their forearm just so they have a reason to be concerned during the regular season. Being a sports fan is supposed to be stressful, and these happy-go-lucky assholes are just cheerfully strutting through Texas between the months of July-March without a care in the world. Seriously, it's almost offensive when Gregg Popovich acts disgruntled, because there is only like two months of year in which he can actually claim he's distressed professionally. I don't think that constantly having to keep your head on a swivel so that a rival gang member who is fresh out the clink doesn't mistake you for the son of a bitch that sodomized them in the shower equates to the anxiety that most fans feel while their team is desperately battling for a playoff spot. However, staunch supporters of a team that's not damn near a lock for title contention might vehemently disagree.