When the Nashville Predators host the Calgary Flames for the second time this season, they'll be debuting a unique theme night that's the first of its kind at Bridgestone Arena.
On Thursday evening, the Predators will host Tattoo Industry Night, a night that offers discounted ticket pricing at NashvillePredators.com/tattoo and the opportunity for fans to don temporary tattoos passed out by the Predators Energy Team presented by Popcornopolis.
In advance of the theme night, forward Austin Watson, defenseman Ryan Ellis, and Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good sat down for a photoshoot and to explain the daily impact of the tattoos they carry with them.
Austin Watson on his tattoo enshrining his family:
"This was the first tattoo I ever got. It has all my siblings' first names and middle initials with 'Watson' in the center. As you get older, you don't get to see your family as much. Coming from a big family, like I do, you want to spend more time with them, but this is a way to think about them, especially my siblings, the younger ones. I just want to carry them around with this tattoo whether I can see them or not. This way they're with me all the time."
Ryan Ellis on the purpose of his most prominent tattoo:
"When I was 16, my captain in junior hockey passed away suddenly after one of our road trips. It was actually Family Day, so we all went to the rink that day and we really didn't know what was going on. A couple guys said something was wrong and then we got the news he was on his way to the hospital and ended up passing away in the ambulance.
"So there were 10 or so of us from the team that wanted to honor him [with a tattoo] and keep his memory in that way."
David Good on the symbolism of the forest depicted on his arm:
"This tattoo is a representation of my journey through life up until this point and the people that have supported me. The evergreen tree, the only live one in the bunch, represents my father, and then the three ravens are my mom, my brother and my wife. The ravens represent foreshadowing and support in Nordic culture."