While more than one Leafs fan already has a permanent reminder Auston Matthews is a Maple Leaf, Matthews himself felt the need to let the world know how he sees himself: as a lion, and also as a king.
Via Bubba Irwin, a tattoo artist located right in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Too much fun with this one today on my dude @auston_matthews … thanks for cruising in broooooooo… good times! #inkmasterseasonfour #whothefuckisbubbairwin #sleevetattoo #oldtownink #scottsdaletattoo #blackandgrey #sullen #griffinsalve #waterlootattoo #conartisttattoo #aztattooartist #inkmaster @sullentattoo @sullen @conartistattoo @griffinsalve @oldtownink #medtatt @medtatt
It is not, in fact, Matthews’ only tattoo. Via tumblr, it appears he’s got some ink on his clavicle already, though it’s much less in detail than the lion.
Personally, I like it. It’s got a cool mindset attached to it, is a quality piece of work, and maybe Auston just really really likes the Lion King. It’s fun, it’s spunky, and the kid is 19. There are far worse tattoos he could be getting.
Here’s how the internet (or a very small segment of it, anyway) reacted to the “news”:
Auston Matthews got a tattoo of a lion with a crown. Patrik Laine got a tattoo of Auston Matthews with a crown
— birky (@b1rky) June 6, 2017
I bet somewhere a lion, has a massive Auston Matthews tattoo on their arm…
— Robert Di Re (@RDR_84) June 6, 2017
Auston Matthews clearly did not consult with friends before getting that tattoo.
— Al (@hyenaboy73) June 6, 2017
It’s a little over 3000 hours until the Leafs play meaningful hockey again. You can do it guys, I promise!