Patriots fan with full-helmet head tattoo has best-worse-awesomest mugshot ever (pic)
Forget face-painting. If a fan truly wants to demonstrate that when it comes to “Gotta Support the Team,” he is willing to go to great and painful and ridiculous lengths, up to and including having his favorite team’s helmet inked into his skull.
At least that is how Richard Thompson rolls. A die-hard New England Patriots fan — duh — the 46-year-old possibly psychotic Pats backer was busted in Florida — where else? — on suspicion of possession of synthetic marijuana.
As you can see, this resulted in one of the most hilarious-frightening-disturbing-comical mugshots in the history of hilarious-frightening-disturbing-comical mugshots.
Gee whiz, I’ve heard of “Helmet Head” before, but that is ridiculous.
The Smoking Gun has the lowdown on what’s up with Thompson’s tats.
Thompson had a series of tattoos inked on his head to make it appear that he is wearing a New England Patriots football helmet. Along with team logos on each side of his head, Thompson got Brady’s number 12 and the word “Patriots” inked on the back of his head. He added the name of the helmet maker (“Riddell”) on his forehead, as well as an American flag and an NFL logo.
Thompson even included the small green dot indicating that a helmet is equipped with an electronic device allowing its wearer to receive plays from the sideline.
Thompson also had a likeness of the Super Bowl trophy tattooed on the top of his head. Additionally, his noggin features inked replicas of the signatures of players Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss.
Wow. Just wow.
And this isn’t even Thompson’s first brush with fame … or infamy. Years back, his decision to get a full cranial tattoo to pay tribute to the Patriots was the subject of a report on WMUR ABC 9 in New Hampshire (his native state).
Gotta support the team. Arrests for synthetic pot resulting in crazy-eyed mugshots are optional, but obviously not encouraged.
[H/T Next Impulse Sports, all images courtesy of Smoking Gun)