Meet Tyler Duchaine. Like many of us, he was a long-suffering Caps fan who had been waiting for the team to win the Stanley Cup.
Monday, Tyler tweeted that if the tweet posted below got 10,000 retweets, he would get a tattoo of Brett Connolly nomming on a piece of pizza while getting a tattoo.
— Tyler Duchaine (@tylerduchaine) January 7, 2019
The tweet surpassed 1000 retweets in 24 hours, and Connolly noticed the effort, telling Chris Kuc of The Athletic “That’s crazy.” After the Capitals morning skate, Devante Smith-Pelly retweeted the photo.
When Duchaine noticed Connolly’s reply, he realized the magnitude of his decision.
“Having someone’s face tattooed on your body, especially that of a non-family member, does demand a certain element of crazy, but I can’t think of a better reason to do something a little crazy,” he said. “We’ve waited long enough.”
Duchaine was inspired to get the tattoo after the Capitals won the Cup, but couldn’t decide what aspect of the Cup run he wanted. Then he realized Connolly’s experience eating pizza while getting a tattoo of Bowser inside his forearm captured the moment perfectly.
“I had been planning my Cup tattoo for about seven months and wasn’t really getting anywhere until I floated this crazy idea to (my wife) Lindsey and a few friends, and here we are,” Duchaine said. “The picture itself will remind me of that glorious week when the Caps frolicked in fountains and did Cup stands, all the while letting fans like us get, quite literally, on their level.”
Duchaine then took to Twitter in order to hold himself accountable in getting the tattoo.
“To be honest, I had all the support I needed the second my wife said she was on board,” Duchaine said. “At first I was surprised, but then I remembered how well absurdity plays on social media. Several people quoted the original tweet and seemed happy about contributing to a bad decision. Joke’s on them, because I’m stoked.”
To make the tattoo a reality, Duchaine hasn’t picked an artist yet, but he has a few ideas floating around about the style he wants and location.
“I’m planning on a black-and-white portrait design on the inside of my arm. The events of the day are also up in the air. I might catch a Nats game and have a beer or two. Maybe I’ll broadcast the ordeal on Instagram.”
Despite the uncertainty on some of the details, Duchaine knows one thing will be certain when he gets his tattoo.
“There will be pizza,” he said.
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