Bryce Harper is confident in his ability to help bring a World Series title to D.C., but the Nationals outfielder isn’t as, um, bold as 29-year-old fan Pete Johnson.
Johnson, a lawyer in the D.C. area, was taking a post-lunch stroll in Silver Spring with a friend on Sunday when his friend stopped, opened the door to Ambrotos Tattoo and said, ‘Why don’t we do something dumb?’
For Johnson, something dumb meant getting ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2015’ in his handwriting tattooed on the top of his foot.
“This is the first thing I thought of,” Johnson said of his first tattoo. “I wanted it to look like I just wrote it on there and forgot to wash it off.”
That’s exactly what it looks like. The tattoo artist at Ambrotos didn’t attempt to dissuade him.
“It seemed like it was not the first super dumb idea they had heard,” said Johnson, who considered getting a ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2014’ tattoo during a moment of euphoria watching his favorite baseball team last season. “It’s not like I got the Lombardi trophy on my abdomen. Even if they don’t win it this year, I think every time I look down at it I’m going to smile, just thinking about the experience.”
Johnson said the whole thing took about a half-hour and the pain was less than stubbing his toe.
“I think they might [freaking] do it this year,” said Johnson, a Silver Spring native. “And if they don’t, I think I left a little room to have 2015 crossed out and make it 2016.”
“That better be washable,” Johnson’s mom said upon seeing a photo of her son’s new ink on Facebook. The reaction from Johnson’s friends has been more positive.
“I haven’t had anybody say that I’m crazy and stupid, even though I am crazy and stupid,” he said. “At least with this thing on my foot, it won’t mess up my personal life.”
As for the friend who suggested the idea, Johnson said she was considering getting a tattoo of a snake eating itself, but didn’t have it done on Sunday.
“She can do whatever she wants,” Johnson said. “It was very nice of her to stand by me while I got mine.”
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