At the start of the California Gold Rush in 1848, American football as we know it was not even in existence. But the determination and resilience of those seeking their fortune out West would later provide the legendary inspiration for the American football team the 49ers, nearly a century later.
Founded in 1946, the 49ers were the first Northern California football team, thus making the name an appropriate choice.
Embodying all that San Francisco signifies, the 49ers have come to represent so much more than a mere football team: they are the spirit of America itself.
49ers tattoos have earned their place in popular team tattoo salutes, designed with the most dedicated fan in mind. Various tattoo styles include the team’s logo emblazoned on the shoulder blades, often with star team members, as well as smaller designs on the arm, calf, and neck. Particularly fervent fans will tattoo the 49ers directly onto their knuckles, while others prefer the gold and garnet 49ers helmet.
However you choose to express your team colors, a 49ers tattoo is the mark of something greater than any American football team, it’s an acknowledgement of those who came before us.
Just as the fortune seekers of 1849 braved the unknown to carve out their place in the wild western frontier, San Francisco’s famed 49ers team has seen unbelievable defeat and unprecedented triumph–the worthiest of honors.