October 20, 2009
He's a hockey brawler who trains in MMA during the offseason. He has his own personal Web site at RileyCote.com and is, perhaps, one of the few NHL goons on Twitter. Now, Cote's engaging in quite a fascinating hobby: Tattoo artistry.
His favorite tattoo artist, Jeff Gemma of Secret Society Tattooing in Worcester, Mass., requested that Cote give him a Flyers logo on his ankle after Riley helped turn him from a lapsed Boston Bruins fan into a Philly fanatic.
They filmed the ordeal and put it on YouTube last month. Cote's effort is ... well, it resembles a Flyers logo. As he rationalized: "It's game-worn." Behold, the mark of the Cote!
After that, Cote's basically become the Flyers' answer to Kat Von D: Tattooing a second fan and promising more ink -- this time for charity.
Here's Cote on The Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR in Philly, getting some professional coaching and putting his mark on a local lady's foot. "I was nervous. But it looks like a Flyers' logo, and that's all that counts," he said.
Not sure what was more painful: The tattooing or the tattoo?
That radio stunt has led Cote's inking hobby in an interesting direction, according to the Daily News:
Since that segment on WMMR, the requests and fan mail begging for tattoos has tripled. While he can't do them all, Cote will do at least one more to raise money for charity.
His favorite cause is the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. He presented the MSAA with a check for $27,000 on Oct. 1 in honor of his sister, Jamie, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2000.
"I'd like to do an auction next year for me to tattoo someone," Cote said. "Hopefully I will be better and we can raise money for a good cause."
You know, it's always the goons who are the big softies off the ice, right? George Parros(notes) cuts his hair for Locks of Love. Cote offers up a personalized tattoo. You'd think the best these knuckle-draggers could do for charity would be, like, offering to punch your boss or eating metal or breaking wind in a designated room in your house. But you'd be wrong.