Tattooed UK fan is Big Blue, truly

Tattooed UK fan is Big Blue truly

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Tattooed UK fan is Big Blue, truly

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CLEVELAND – Thomas Younce says he’ll be a Kentucky Wildcats fan for forever and always. He has it written all over his face.

Younce is one of the most remarkable Big Blue fans — as in big blue ink — you’ll ever find, emblazoned with huge sideways "U" and "K" tattoos on his forehead above each eye. Those are the most glaring of about 10 UK-themed tattoos all over his body, symbols of a mega-fan’s devotion to his team.

The 48-year-old from Haysi, Va., near Pikeville, Ky., sat excitedly on the fifth row of Quicken Loans Arena Saturday night near UK’s team entrance to cheer on the Cats as they played Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final. He was nearly impossible to miss, especially because of the huge "UK" design above his eyes. Thomas Younts "People stare," he said.

"Everybody else wants to be, I guess you could say, like me or wants a tattoo like me, but everybody doesn’t want a face tattoo," Younce said. "But it doesn’t bother me.

"If I thought I’d ever regret it, I’d never do it."

He originally had "KENTUCKY" AND "WILDCATS" above his eyes, but didn’t like it and had his tattoo artist at Southern Steel Tattoos in Pikeville cover them up with an even bigger image.

"Most of the people say good things," said Younce, who also has several Christian tattoos among the 50 total on his body. "You have the people who say bad things, but I don’t let it bother me. I’m not worried about what they say about me. I’m worried about what God knows about me."

"… They can do what they want to with their body. My objective is to do what I want to with mine."UK’s stop in Cleveland has included a media semi-frenzy around Younce, who said he’s done about 30 interviews, including with some national media, over the weekend.He said fans of all teams request to take pictures […]