ST. LOUIS -- Plenty of fans wear their hearts on their sleeves. Erin Fitzpatrick wears it on her skin.
The St. Louis Blues fan has gotten so caught up in the phenomenon of "Gloria," the 1982 smash from Laura Branigan that has become the Blues victory song this season, she had the name of the song tattooed above her left elbow last week.
She guessed that it was her 29th tattoo, but it's certainly her favorite with the Blues playing the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
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"The song never gets old," said the 32-year-old who admitted she had never heard the song before the Blues started playing it after wins in January. Now she owns the song on several platforms, including vinyl, and plays it as much as she can.
But this wasn't a solo act. Fitzpatrick, who one month ago began working as a server at the Midwesterner Meat & Drink, which is a short foul pop-up from Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, recruited one of her new co-workers to get the same tattoo.
"She was very excited for the playoffs," said Luke Olczyk, an artist at Electric Mayhem Tattoo in St. Louis who did Fitzpatrick's tattoo. He said those are the only two Gloria-themed tattoos he's done during the playoffs, but he has been very busy in the past week or so.
"There have been considerable more Blue Notes, and things related to the Blues, like people getting 'I Bleed Blue,' or a blue heart with blue drops," Olczyk said.
Fitzpatrick made good on her promise to add the Blues logo above her Gloria tattoo after they defeated the Bruins in Game 7 of the Cup Final. Olczyk, a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan who opened Electric Mayhem in March 2018, will have to wear a Blues jersey in the shop as part of bet with his co-workers, but he's ok with it.
"I'm a Blackhawks fan and my second favorite team is whoever is playing Boston," Olczyk said.