As told by by Barry Smith
Photos by Scott Butler
- Body paint is surprisingly durable—you really have to scrub it to get it off (Mom note: it is also hard to get off of clothes).
- The H is the H, and the M is the M—no swapping letters during the season.
- Body paint doesn’t hold in body heat—being a letterman in cold temps is challenging. On a related note: running hot water on your hands in the stadium bathroom during halftime is a semi-effective way of warming yourself up when it’s cold.
- You’ll find paint in places you never expected!
- Lettermen always get front-row seating in the student section. And, as always, freshmen in the back!
- Cheer loudly and crazily enough, and you’ll always make it onto Fox6’s Sideline show.
- Turn on the speed when running onto the field in front of the team—you don’t want to get trampled like those dudes running with the bulls in Italy!
- Expect lots of funny looks in random parking lots when you’re getting your chest painted before games.
- It’s okay to throw a blanket over your shoulders when it’s cold, but NEVER cover up your letter.
- Make sure you know the words to the Alma Mater to sing after every Patriot victory—or just say Honor and Loyalty really loud at the end!