Fans get Lightning tattoos live on Tampa radio show

Mayoral candidate of Bradenton, Warren Merriman, gets a tattoo for the Tampa Bay Lightning (WFLA)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The backlash over towels featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins purchased by the Bradenton Convention and Visitors Bureau, prompted one of the city’s mayoral candidates to do something drastic. He got a Tampa Bay Lightning tattoo Wednesday ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa.

Warren Merriman got the tattoo during The Mike Calta Show on 102.5 The BONE. The tattoo, his first, is inked onto his shoulder blade.

Fans got free Tampa Bay Lightning tattoos at the Mike Calta Show (WFLA)
Fans got free Tampa Bay Lightning tattoos at the Mike Calta Show (WFLA)

Other fans also received free tattoos by coming to the radio station. Calta partnered with a local tattoo shop, Atomic Tattoos, to give these die-hard fans the chance to be a Bolts fan for life.

“To show my support for the Lightning, I will lead by example and get the first tattoo Wednesday morning,” said Calta, before of the show.

Now, Merriman is challenging current Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston to do the same. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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