Skip to content

Inking a new deal: Islanders secure Tattoo Lou’s as team’s official tattoo shop

Sep 3, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

Nassau Coliseum Getty Images

Teams and sponsorship can sometimes create fun and awkward partnerships and who else but the New York Islanders are making a splash by getting fully involved with a major trend.

The Islanders have secured Tattoo Lou’s as the official tattoo shop of the team. Yes, it’s a tattoo shop and while you’re probably busy thinking about a TV show like Miami Ink, let’s just shift things over to Nassau County for a bit and soak in the glory that comes with getting a portrait of Rick DiPietro on your back instead.

Making this deal all the more incredible to see is the sweet set up Tattoo Lou’s will have at Nassau Coliseum which includes a tattoo and body piercing shop on the main concourse at the Coliseum which will sell t-shirts and jewelry as well. The creative possibilities here are endless. Lou Rubino, President of Tattoo Lou’s helps make sense of the deal.

No, seriously.

“This partnership with the Islanders is a great fit for us and it’s a wonderful benefit to be a part of the Islanders team,” said Lou Rubino, President of Tattoo Lou’s. “This is another victory for the tattoo industry. For a long time, tattoos were frowned upon, but now, we’ve become more and more mainstream. One of the main things I love about this partnership is the history the Islanders have. My dad opened his first shop in 1958. We’re a part of Long Island history just like the Islanders.”

History, tattoos, Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, and the rest of the Islanders. Crazy part is, Rubino is right. Tattoos are mainstream although you have to wonder about the logistics of getting one done at a game. Think of how regrettable that John Tavares tramp stamp might be after a few too many cold ones during an Islanders-Rangers game.

If there’s one rule that we hope Tattoo Lou’s puts into effect at their shop we hope that it’ll have to do with throwing out anyone looking to emblazon the Fisherman logo anywhere on their body. Last year the Islanders gave us team cupcakes at games and now they’re looking to ink us up. At the very least, you can’t accuse the Islanders of not keeping up with the times… Or at the very least being inspired by reality TV shows. Bring us “Tattoo Cupcake Wars” this instant.

  1. lesleyvissersfacelift - Sep 3, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    My God, the Islanders are a joke.

  2. paulsdamnblog - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    I want to see someone get a big Ziggy Palffy on their shoulder, sweet mullet and all.

  3. polegojim - Sep 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    @lesley – I’m not an Islanders fan, but it’s not a joke.

    Sponsorship and marketing $$$ are the name of the game. Their cash is as good as Home Depot’s or the New York Times.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    It just shows that they are in a state of desperation. If the Islanders had a winning organization, they’d have no problem finding sponsorship from ‘normal’ corporations (i.e. @polegojim’s HD and NYT). This shouldn’t bode well with the NYI faithful that their beloved team needs to resort to tattoo parlors.

  5. tattoolous - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Tomorrow Tuesday 9-6-2011, 2 Islanders Hockey Stars will be at the Tattoo Lous Deer Park location getting thier ink on! Come say hello to Michael Grabner and Micheal Haley they will be there after practice from 3pm till 6pm. Check out thier new ink!

Featured video

Are Penguins vulnerable vs. Columbus?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (4333)
  2. T. Oshie (3107)
  3. M. Brodeur (3094)
  4. M. Duchene (2907)
  5. D. Backes (2862)