In a conference full of fans, everyone wants to prove they’re the most passionate. There is perhaps no better way to do that than physically getting a representation of your school printed on your body.
But while many settle for a simple logo, others try to make their ink stand out. Here are the craziest tattoos we have seen from every school in the conference.
Alabama fans boast some fascinating tattoos, but this one might take the cake.
The tattoo, which was originally posted to an anti-Alabama Facebook page, features a logo that takes from the popular “Sons of Anarchy” television show, only with “Sons of Saban” emblazoned over the top.
The grim reaper holds a gun in one hand and an Alabama orb in the other hand. For this person’s sake, hopefully Saban stays around for a while. Having a giant Nick Saban tattoo on your back surely won’t play as well when he’s gone.
Rivalries can help make tattoos great; here is a great example from Twitter user @curt5878.
— Curtis Pinkerton (@curt5878) July 19, 2013
Never before have I been so terrified of a pig, but this die-hard Arkansas fan flips the script on LSU, quite literally. A big-headed Razorback catches an LSU Tiger by the tail and holds it upside down.
With a two-game winning streak over the Tigers, this fan must be enjoying bragging rights.
Perhaps nothing is more beloved to college football fans than their alma mater. A few years ago, former NFL player and Auburn alum Lee Ziemba decided that meant Auburn deserved some prime exposure on his arm.
The massive tattoos, which virtually cover his entire upper arm, show an Auburn logo, national championship ring, Samford Hall and the Auburn Creed. It takes some guts to get such a permanent tribute to ones school.
You may think you love the Florida Gators, but do you love the Florida Gators as much as this guy?
— Cole Medders (@cmedders1) September 20, 2014
Shared in 2014, this tweet shows a Gators fan with a gigantic tattoo of an alligator right on his back. Just in case there was any confusion about what it was referring to, the fan also tattooed the word “Gators” right above.
By getting this tattoo, this Florida fan is proving that his life (and back) has no room for anything but Florida football. That said, how painful must sleeping have been the night after getting that tattoo?
Need a prime reason not to get a tattoo on your butt? Here you go.
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) October 3, 2015
This poor Georgia fan was committed to the cause, but a disappointing season meant that his dream of a 2016 Georgia national championship would not come to fruition.
Luckily for him, he neglected to specify 2016 football national champions on his tattoo. So go ahead, celebrate that 2016 Georgia swimming and diving national championship with pride.
Remember that 2014 Kentucky basketball national championship? We don’t. Of course, that has something to do with the fact that the Wildcats lost in the national championship game to UConn.
Of course, that didn’t stop Twitter user @Tizzblack from getting a tattoo before the games were even played.
— Dad (@Tizzblack) March 13, 2014
He posted the tattoo on March 13, 2014, when Kentucky was a lowly 8-seed in the tournament. His faith came close, but a monster game from Shabazz Napier all but ended the dream of a rational tattoo.
Anyone can go and get a tattoo on their body. It takes a special fan to give up the back of his hand in the name of his favorite team.
Credit is due; this is an insanely cool tattoo. The detail of the eye and intricate color scheme makes it stand out from other tattoos immediately.
With this tattoo of the “eye of the tiger” on his hand, this LSU fan will enjoy the thrill of the fight and rise up to the challenge of his rival.
Mizzou’s classic logo makes for a great tattoo, but some people just have to show what they know.
— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) November 10, 2012
This Missouri journalist ran into a man with a giant “MU” tattoo on his arm, which he readily shows off when he goes to the bar with a wife beater.
Of course, a simple Missouri Tiger also does wonders.
— Jess Woodard (@fulltimejess) October 6, 2015
We talked about rivalries inspired tattoos with Arkansas, but this tattoo takes it to a whole different level.
The tattoo, which says “Go to Hell Ole Miss,” is tattooed across a Instagram user gibby_g66’s stomach, right below his rib cage. Truly, this tattoo stands alone from any other on this list for its pure machismo.
Colonel Reb is an iconic figure at Ole Miss, but at least one Alabama fan probably wishes he had seen the last of the Rebels’ mascot. After Ole Miss beat the Crimson Tide for the second year in a row, a die-hard Alabama fan had to get a Colonel Reb tattoo on his butt.
— Cam Wood (@CamWoodzy) September 21, 2015
Whenever Twitter user @AlexjFranz sits down from now on, he will be constantly reminded of the time Nick Saban lost back-to-back game against the Rebels. Betting against Saban usually can’t go wrong, but this is one of the exceptions.
There are few logos more unique than the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, and the tattoos match that originality and style.
There’s nothing flamboyant or over the top about this Gamecocks tattoo, other than the fact that it takes up almost an entire back. But this Gamecocks fan is undoubtedly prepared to rip his shirt off at the first sign of trouble at Williams-Brice Stadium. He’s earned that right.
Fans were excited when Tennessee reeled in 4-star defensive lineman Derek Barnett, but no one was more excited to have Barnett in a Volunteers uniform than his uncle.
— Danny Fugate (@dannyfugate) July 19, 2015
This tattoo was easily one of the higher risk, high reward prospects of this list. Had Barnett struggled at Tennessee and chosen to transfer, getting a tattoo of that magnitude off a body would have been a tall order.
Luckily for his uncle, Barnett has quickly turned into a Tennessee superstar and will be remembered in the Volunteers program for years to come. The Barnett “LoyalTy” has, to this point, paid off.
Yes, there is yet another butt tattoo. A Texas A&M senior bet against his own team before the Aggies’ game against Alabama in 2012. As karma would have it, the Aggies won and the student had to get the score tattooed – on his butt.
The tattoo is simple enough, with just the matchup and the score. There is some weirdness with the apostrophe coming after 12 instead of before, but it’s a small detail in the realm of butt tattoos. Regardless, the lesson is clear.
Never bet against your own team.
While many of the tattoos on this list have been wild and crazy, the list will end on a somber note. Vanderbilt baseball player Donny Everett died earlier this year, but some of his teammates found an outstanding way to remember him.
The tattoo above features Everett’s initials, jersey number and date of his death in Roman numerals.
“When I bring my glove up right before I pitch, I can see Donny there,” pitcher Collin Snider told the Tennesseean. “And when people ask me what it means throughout my life, I’ll get another opportunity to tell someone about Donny.”
It’s an outstanding gesture for a tragic situation.