August 12, 2019


Like the origins of many first tattoo stories, Royce Metchie’s had a little bit to do with rebellion.

But like any football player, at least he had a game plan.

“For the longest time my mom wouldn’t let me get one so I figured if my first tattoo is her name, she can’t really get mad if I do get it, right?” says the sophomore defensive back.

“At the same time I also got my grandma’s name inside my left arm but I still needed my mom’s permission to get them.”

CALGARY, AB - MAY 23, 2019: Calgary Stampeder tattoo photo shoot. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Stampeders)

For Metchie, his first tattoos were about honouring the women that mean the most to him.

“They’ve been the two most influential people in my life, I just always wanted to keep them close that’s why I put them inside (my arms), just to always remind me this is why I do things.”

From there on, he kept up with the meaningful artwork, including a large dove above his heart that’s meaning he chooses to keep private.

“Doves are a really significant animal in the bible but it also has to do with my grandma and I’d like to keep that one to myself,” he says with a smile on his face.

The rest of his ink, he’s happy to share with us.


“The one on my shoulder, the 11MMG, it symbolizes a place where me and my buddies grew up so it’s like something from back home and that one I got in my first year of university, that was my second tattoo. After that I got my tricep done, it’s my birthday in roman numerals and with a quote that says ‘those who know you never doubt you, those who doubt you never knew you’. That kind of speaks for itself.”

No doubt, Metchie has plans for more ink in the near future.

“I plan on getting my back done in memory of my grandpa, start across the top and eventually my whole back, and then get my forearm done for me.”