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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Celebrations more than skin deep

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- Andrew Ference is a tattoo aficionado and doesn’t have much space left on his body to add to his collection. Every summer, Ference visits his personal tattoo artist, Scott Ford of Smiling Buddha Tattoos, and gets some more artwork done.

Ford happens to be a big Bruins fan and when Ference was traded to the Bruins, Ford told him that if he and the Bruins ever won the Stanley Cup, he would come out and tattoo every Bruin who wanted one.

That’s exactly what he was doing Sunday afternoon as the Bruins packed their bags for the summer and held their exit interviews with management and coaches.

“He’s always wanted to come here and do his thing, so he said if you guys ever win, I’ll come down and tat all you guys up. I’ve seen him every year since and he tells me the same thing every year,” Ference said. “So I sent him a quick email after we won and he got on a plane and here he is.”

Ference said his teammates were very receptive.

“I don’t know numbers-wise, but probably over half,” Ference said when asked how many players were taking Ford up on the offer. “Definitely different things, you know, some guys are just getting some writing, some guys are getting the [spoked-]B, the Cup and B combo or something like that. I think [Mark Recchi] is getting all of his done, all of his past Stanley Cups.”