LAKEVIEW — Love Wrigley Field enough to get inked up? Or are you a White Sox fan that's suddenly denouncing your South Side brethren?
Central Lakeview Merchants is offering a little something for both this week — free Wrigley Field tattoos for Cubs fans and free tattoo removal for people with White Sox tattoos.
"It's in celebration of the 100 year anniversary at Wrigley," said Jeff Briggs, business relations at the association. "It's just an interesting way to promote two of our members."
Cubs fans can get the 3-inch Wrigley Field tattoo pictured above on Thursday at Chicago Tattoo and Piercing, 1017 W. Belmont Ave., between noon and 10 p.m. The first 12 people to contact the merchants association at 773-665-2100 can schedule appointments, Briggs said.
Meanwhile, Tattoo Removal Centers of America, 2825 N. Halsted St., will remove any White Sox tattoos for Chicagoans who want to "jump ship," also by appointment through the association, according to a posting.
No one's called to make appointments yet, Briggs said Monday afternoon, and they don't know if they'll limit the cost of laser tattoo removals, which can end up costing thousands.
Mostly, the White Sox tattoo removal offer is to be funny, he said.
"We'll see if we get a response on that one," Briggs said.
The Cubs and Wrigley Field are 95 percent owned by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo.com. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the iconic team.