Cubs Fans Blame Woes on Tattoo, Not Chokery

Cubs fans like to go on about curses. The Curse of the Billy Goat. The Curse of Steve Bartman. Well, add to that, the curse of a cheap tattoo parlor in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (I’d believe more in this curse if the Cardinals had won something this year).

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Cubs fan Jimmy Burroughs loves his team so much, he decided to get their logo tattooed on his arm. Rule number 1 when doing something like that is to make sure your tattoo artist is a fan of the same team. Barring that, make sure the tattooist isn’t a fan of your rival team.


Burroughs, a child therapist (I don’t know why that makes me laugh so much), was on a family vacation in July when he decided to stop by Rebel Tattoo Studios. There he engaged in some “good-natured ribbing” with artist Deke Rivers. Maybe not so good-natured, as Rivers etched “Let’s Go Cards” into Burrough’s arm.

“We laughed about it,” Burroughs recalled. “I told him, ‘Color it in now.’”

Rivers filled in the “C” with red ink but as the tattoo dried, the message resurfaced. Rivers was shocked.

“I lightly scratched it in there,” said Rivers, who has been tattooing for six years. “I wouldn’t have messed with him. I take my job seriously.”

Burroughs got his money back, but decided to leave the tattoo as it was once the Cubs started pulling away from the Cards.

“We are very superstitious,” said Burroughs’ sister, Amanda Burroughs, a Cubs fan living in O’Fallon, Ill. “We’re the kind of family where you have to sit in the exact same spot you did last time the Cubs won. So when I heard about the tattoo, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ But then the Cardinals weren’t doing so well, so my family was fine with it. Well, we all know how that turned out.”