Dozens of people lined a midtown sidewalk Wednesday morning for free or discounted Sacramento Kings tattoos, part of a team promotion the day after the release of new logo designs.
The Kings said that hundreds of calls were made to five tattoo parlors in the Sacramento region Tuesday after the free tattoo offer was announced. The team unveiled the new logos Tuesday at a ceremony outside the new downtown arena.
David Lobatos heard about the offer and decided to spend the night on the cold sidewalk outside Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor, 2101 P St. By 7 a.m., when the first inking was scheduled to begin, there were about 40 people in line.
The queue of mostly young men filed in slowly throughout the morning. The shop could only handle a handful of Kings fans at a time.
Lobatos, who already had eight other tattoos, wanted to add his favorite basketball team’s logo to his forearm.
“I’m a diehard Kings fan,” he said. “Got to show that love for the Kings. They are showing us love by giving us tattoos so I show them by camping out overnight. I’ve been here since 11 o’clock last night.”
Second in line, Arnold Herrera, said he also loved the Kings and was getting his first tattoo.
“I want the one that says ‘Sac,’ ” he said.
Ben Telly, who joined the line a little after midnight, heard about the offer on Facebook. The Kings tattoo would be his third inking. Telly has a “NorCal” and a Red Hot Chili Peppers “sun” tattoo.
“I looked at the new logos and decided to come,” he said. “I have been a huge Kings fan since I moved here in 1999. I feel optimistic about the team. I think they will make the playoffs. The new arena is going to bring a lot of life into Sacramento. That’s a huge change, and I’m glad to be part of it.”
Royal Peacock owner Britton McFetridge said he knew the turnout would be good. He said sports tattoos are not out of the ordinary.
“We do a lot of Kings tattoos here,” he said. “A few Raiders, a few 49ers, some Republic soccer, but mostly Kings.”
He said the tattoos would take 20 to 30 minutes. He said the first 15 were free, but McFetridge was discounting the $140 tattoos to $60 for the other early risers.
He said the shop was well-stocked with purple ink. Lobato, who was pleased with his new tattoo, said he already has another Kings inking planned.
The free tattoo offer was also available at Honeymoon Tattoo, 10119 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks; California Tattoo, 7946 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights; Quarter Horse Tattoo, 916 N. Yosemite St., Stockton; and Crimson Needles, 3125 Penryn Road, Penryn.