18-year-old doesn’t regret ‘Celtics 2022 World Champions’ tattoo

The Boston Celtics aren’t NBA champions, but Jack Bienvenue has no regrets.

Bienvenue – now infamous for the “Boston Celtics 2022 World Champions” tattoo on his left shoulder – intends to keep the ink even after the Warriors ousted the Celtics for the Larry O’Brien trophy on Thursday night.

“I don’t think I would laser it out because it’s a part of me,” Bienvenue told The Athletic ahead of Game 3. “If they end up losing and then win like next year, I could have it corrected after the win. Laser the two and get a three.”

Bienvenue, an 18-year-old graduate of Cape Cod Technical High School, first got the tattoo back on March 21. By this time, the Celtics had risen from the depths of the Eastern Conference to take control of the fourth seed and position themselves for a potential playoff run.

Jayson Tatum goes off the floor after the Celtics lost to the Warriors in Game 6
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“I said, ‘I’m so confident the Celtics are going to win, I’m going to get that (2022 banner) tattooed,’ Bienvenue said. “My friend said, ‘No, you wouldn’t.’ So I was like, ‘Fuck you guys, I can do it.’”

That day after school, Bienvenue made his way to the local tattoo parlor, Hotline Tattoo.

“I’ve been tattooing for almost 20 years, so I’ve seen a lot of weird things, but this one really stood out,” said Taylor Lindley, the tattoo artist who gave the tattoo to Bienvenue.

Bienvenue’s gamble almost paid off: Boston was just two wins short of capturing the franchise’s 18th NBA title and first since 2008.

But now he will be left with a tattoo commemorating a championship that never came to fruition.

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