Meet the unofficial tattoo artist of the Denver Broncos

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Ortavio Griego

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DENVER -- Who would have thought that an art form popular with sailors and pirates would be more desirable today than ever. Celebrating life, remembering the dead, military service and love are just some of the perennial favorites.

And in Broncos County, add love of the orange and blue to that list. “I love my Broncos in this town. Everyone should love the Broncos in this town,” says Ortavio Griego, owner of Monkey Fist Tattoo shop in Denver and yes, he’s also a Bronco’s fan.

Not only does Griego create Denver Broncos tattoos, he creates tattoos on Denver Broncos players. He’s practically the Broncos unofficial tattoo artist.

Griego has tatted over thirty players, “They like coming to the shop. We treat them like normal people. We don’t blast that they’re here so we don’t have crowds of people coming in to take pictures.”

So, what tattoo do the players prefer? “They’re mostly religious. A lot of the team get religious tattoos, memorial tattoos.”

Joe Trujillo, a die hard Broncos fan, is adding another tattoo to his already impressive collection. “This one being the first Bronco’s helmet. This is the second one, then I have the early nineties, late eighties. And then I have current,” he said as he pointed to six 1-inch sized helmets tattooed on his right forearm.

Broncos players come and go, but fans like Joe Trujillo are fans for life.

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