From borderline regret to sweet, sweet redemption, Wellfleet native Jack Bienvenue is nothing but smiles these days. He's the guy with one of the most famous tattoos to come out of Cape Cod.

His story is one of patience, loyalty and ultimate triumph.

On June 17, the Boston Celtics clinched their 18th NBA championship against the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden. For Celtics fan Bienvenue, the victory was particularly special. Two years prior, he prematurely inked “2022 World Champions” on his body, a decision proven to be overly optimistic, since the Celtics lost that year.

All hope was not lost.

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Thanks to his loyal tattoo artist Taylor Lindley from Hotline Tattoo in Hyannis, Bienvenue’s blunder two-year-old blunder has been transformed into a mark of redemption.

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“It’s about as surreal as it gets, man,” Bienvenue wrote in a message. “From being a kid watching the Celtics with (Rajon) Rondo, (Jared) Sullinger, Avery Bradley, (Kelly) Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Kris Humphries (lol), never even thinking about going to a game, to now watching them hoist the Larry O' Brien (trophy) and to be able to say I’ve had the privilege to witness some pretty legendary moments at the Garden is a feeling I’ll always remember. These past couple of years have been filled with the lowest of the lows, and now the whole city of Boston and all of Celtics nation is getting rewarded with the highest of the highs. This is a season I’ll always remember.”

Courtesy Jack Bienvenue
Courtesy Jack Bienvenue

Bienvenue’s tattoo now bears the crossed-out “2” in “2022,” replaced by an asterisk and the number “4,” symbolizing the 2024 victory. He chose not to erase the old memory. Instead, he embraced it, adding to the narrative of his unwavering faith in his team.

Courtesy Jack Bienvenue
Courtesy Jack Bienvenue

In the end, Bienvenue will forever be remembered as the Cape Codder with a lot of confidence and a lot of spunk, who came back strong with the sweetest gift of them all: redemption.

His tattoo now symbolizes his loyalty and the joy of seeing his dream come true. Finally.

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