Superfans Get Inked with Bravehearts Tattoos, Earn Season Tickets for Life

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Headlines, Bravehearts, Sports

WORCESTER – Die hard Worcester Bravehearts fans are lining up for a permanent fixture as proof of their loyalty to the local baseball club.

In exchange for being branded with a Bravehearts tattoo, these fans earned themselves season tickets for life.

On Wednesday, three major Bravehearts fans — Brian “Front Row Brian” Dillon, Jason Brodie Gilow and Ryan McConville — received the life-long tickets after getting inked at Zaza Ink in West Boylston with Bravehearts logos on their forearms.


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From L to R: Tattoos of Jason Brodie Gilow, Front Row Brian and Ryan McConville/Photos Courtesy of Tatnuck Social

According to Zaza Ink, there could be nearly a dozen superfans lining up for the Bravehearts tattoo this week.

So how did this all happen?

Prior the Bravehearts winning their fourth Futures League Championship in August, Dillon challenged the team with an offer. If the Bravehearts win the championship, Dillon would get a Bravehearts tattoo — in exchange for season tickets for life.

And, of course, the Bravehearts accepted. A win-win situation if there ever was one.

Gilow then sweetened the pot to join his friend Dillon in the tattoo challenge. Gilow ran a GoFundMe campaign for the Boxer Rescue — a non-profit located in Grafton dedicated to find home for surrendered boxers — and if the fundraising effort raised at least $300, he would also get a tattoo.

The $300 mark was hit in less than a month. That’s what we call a win-win-win situation. [Michael Scott would be impressed.]

McConville, a superfan of all things Worcester sports, wasn’t to be out done by his friends and joined the challenge without reservations.


The Bravehearts have recently been honored with a few awards, including FCBL’s 2019 Organization of the Year and Executive of the Year for General Manger Dave Peterson.

Peterson — known in these parts as “Peterman” — and the Bravehearts have made their mark on the Worcester community and their fanbase by seemingly always keeping an open mind and an eye out for anything to improve the fan experience. This attitude is part of the reason why the Bravehearts welcomed more fans this season — a whopping 72,069 —  than any other collegiate team in New England and set a new FCBL total attendance record.

See the video below as Peterson and other Bravehearts employees watch as Dillon gets his Bravehearts ink:


Lead photo [L to R]: Bravehearts GM Dave Peterson, Brian “Front Row Brian” Dillon and Zaza Ink Owner and Tattoo Artist Joe Peterson/Photo Courtesy of Tatnuck Social

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]