Max Domi explains his tattoos | Habs Ink

Max Domi explains his tattoos | Habs Ink


Hey guys, Max Domi here. Just wanted to explain my tattoo situation I’ve got going on here. So my right arm, this sleeve’s basically for my family. I’ll start up… up here I guess. This lion’s for my dad. To be honest, I like lions, but I told him it’s because he reminded me of a lion — not actually the case. Just kidding. So his initials are there with his birthday. And I actually have the lion scraping into a rock, it says 333, and he has the most fights ever, and that’s how many he has, so when he signs his autograph he writes 28 and then 333. Conversation starter, but he loved that. So that’s that. The angel’s for my mom. The angel’s holding a cross. She raised me and my sisters as Catholics and went to church every Sunday, so that’s kind of for her. The rose is for my little sister Avery. Her middle name’s Rose and… I mean, I also wanted a rose, so… It kind of worked out. Killed two birds with one stone. And in the back, one which is not done yet is… is a horse. My older sister Carlin actually grew up riding horses. That was kind of her sport, or I guess I call it a hobby — expensive hobby — but it’s her sport. So that’s kind of that one. And then the inside’s just, obviously, I mean… Jesus kind of looking over my whole family, so, that’s that one. This one is kind of more like freelance type thing, except for a couple of them. So this one is my first ever tattoo. It was done in London, Ontario and it was my first excuse to get a tattoo, because my family… No one else in my family has tattoos, and I always wanted sleeves. And my dad’s pretty strict and so is my mom. So I needed a good excuse. I used to have to wear a bracelet that was a diabetic alert bracelet. So if anything were to happen, I mean… and, I mean… the EMS team came, they’d see the bracelet and know what’s going on. So I got that symbol kind of tattooed on my wrist, and the story’s actually kind of funny behind it, because… I told my mom, I was like, ‘Oh mom, I’m gonna get a tattoo. Like, I keep losing the bracelet and I mean, obviously you guys want me to wear it, and want me to be safe, so… I’m gonna get the symbol tattooed.’ She goes, ‘Oh, that’s great, yeah.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, perfect.’ Like, one down. I wasn’t gonna tell my dad. I didn’t tell my dad, and went to get the tattoo from a friend of mine. His name’s Mike in London, and… I showed him the symbol, and it was just a really small little symbol, and… I was like, ‘Hey, can you get this tattooed on my forearm… or on my wrist?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah. For sure.’ Goes to draw it and he comes back, and all of a sudden there’s this huge stencil of like, this thing with wings and type 1 diabetic written on it, and I’m like… ‘Man, that’s kind of big.’ And he puts it on my arm and it takes up
legit my whole forearm. And at first I was like, ‘No chance’ and then all of a sudden I was like, ‘Perfect, do it!’ So then he did it. I walked around with a hoodie and my nice track jacket on, so no one could see me, like, in terms of my family. And then I told my mom. I was like, ‘Oh, the guy screwed up! He made it a lot bigger… I couldn’t… Not my fault…’ I kind of threw it all on Mike, and she was like, ‘Oh, whatever. Can’t do anything now. Can’t erase it now.’ And I was just trying to figure out how the heck can I tell my dad about this tattoo. And what I ended up doing was waiting until we played in Mississauga, which was closest to like, all my family. So like my cousins, my uncles, aunts, whatever… sisters, mom, dad, grandparents. Everyone was there, so there was too many people to say hi to. And the bus was parked, and we usually had about 10, maybe 12, 13 minutes to talk to everyone before we leave. It’s a pretty… like a firm deadline for leaving. And usually I would say hi to my dad first and he would talk to me about the hockey game. And I made like a pretty conscious effort to keep him for the last person. So I saw everyone, and all sudden I saw the guy, Bobbo, start pulling guys onto the bus because we had to leave. And as soon as I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh hey dad!’ Like, ‘Great game, we won.’ I’m like, ‘Awesome, thanks.’ As I’m walking away I lifted my thing and I’m like, ‘Oh hey by the way, I got a tattoo.’ And then I just looked at him, and he like, kind of like froze and was in shock, and I just bolted on the bus. And then I remember looking out the window and he’s like looking around, he’s freaking out. And then I get a call, a text right away, I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t get rid of it now, man. It’s for a good cause.’ And now sure enough, he’s good with it now, because the next one I got was for him, so… He’s laughing. He hates them, but it is what is it. I’m a big tattoo guy, so sorry, that was an extended version of this one. This is kind of just a dove that is actually not done yet. Obviously just resembles peace. This top one up here which is also pretty far from being done, but… a couple more sessions this summer. It’s a lighthouse. That’s from Port Credit. I mean, not the actual one. In Port Credit, Mississauga where I learned how to skate. I played on my first hockey team there and I always loved that lighthouse. It was kind of symbolic for me, so I figured I’d get it tattooed on my arm, and it looks kind of cool too. And then… Another rose. As I said earlier I love roses so just kind of a filler for that one. And then this clock here, I always wanted some sort of like old-school, I mean, type of watch, or whatever you want to call it. And it’s basically pointing to the date of my first game in the NHL. So, everything has a reason. Oh yeah, and then these little ones here. I got a cross, a heart — I’m not married, no, it’s not for a girl — and this one is just a peace sign. The reason I got those three is because I had like… I made a bunch of ten-hour sessions. And you can sit there for 10 hours and get your whole arm blasted but all of a sudden you look down and it’s just, like a small little part in 10 hours is done. I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Like, that’s all I got for that much pain?’ So I told the guy Eric, who is the most talented person in the world, who’s out in LA and kind of splits between LA and Miami. I say, ‘Man, what can we do that like, takes two seconds, and will remind me like, okay like, I’m always going to be able to look at this and see it, but it only took like two minutes to do.’ He’s like, ‘Well, we can do a finger tat.’ I’m like, ‘Perfect.’ He’s like, ‘What do you want to do?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know, like a symbol or something?’ It was just spur of the moment, and… I mean, obviously pretty mainstream symbols with the cross and the heart and the peace sign. He just blasted ’em in there, took two minutes. Absolutely killed, but… now I look back and that took me two minutes and this little section here of shading took 10 hours, so… That’s kind of how she works, and that’s all I’ve got for now, but… I’m going to keep building on it and I’ll be covered eventually.

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