We all want to care about things, but the superfan goes to lengths that far surpass the regular fan.
For eons we’ve worshipped at the altars of sports stars, pop stars, actors, fictional characters, collectables, art, cars, and just about anything else we can relate to, that we can buy, that we can love and share with others.
Also known as a ‘fanatic’ (but, let’s face it, ‘fan’ is much more sexy), these superfans have travelled the globe to support their chosen love, spent hundreds of thousands on merchandise, altered their body in dramatic ways, some have even changed their names – and we’ve tracked down the most die-hard and dedicated to telling their story.
Each week we’ll bring you the story of one keen punter who has dedicated their life and time (and money, so.much.money) to supporting someone or something – simply because it brings them immeasurable joy. And that’s what life’s about, right?
Say hi to www8.sale-north-face.org’s super fun superfan weekly series, I’m Your Biggest Fan.
What happens in Benidorm definitely doesn’t stay in Benidorm after Katie Ode, 24, decided to get the ultimate tattoo of Love Island’s Chris Taylor.
But not just any likeness of the reality star, a total vibe of him chilling in the villa with a towel wrapped around his head and his shades on.
See, we told you it was a mood.
After getting the fresh inking on 29 July at TattooLand while on holiday in the Spanish seaside resort, she even caught the attention of Chris on the dating show’s reunion special.
The Somerset-via-Anglesey woman wanted to create a lasting memory of the 29-year-old, who scored many a fan during his short-but-sweet time in the Spanish villa.
So, a tattoo of Chris Taylor? What made you go with him?
Chris was, for me, the most relatable person on the show.
I saw the picture [of him in the towel] and I feel like he represents a mood. That’s quite hard to explain, but I saw it and was like “yep, that is my mood today”.
While he was in the Love Island villa he was genuine.
I mean I know most contestants are, but he didn’t shy away from his emotions, he was weird, in a good way, and it was hard not to like him.
Since getting the tribute, have you been able to meet him?
Not yet. But if he ever does a meet and greet near me, I’ll definitely be going.
He shared your tattoo online, calling it ‘legend status’, what was that like having the recognition?
Honestly, it was a bit crazy. I never expected to it blow up, let alone him see it!
My friends all messaged me on the day of the final (which was the day I got it) saying he shared it. I was like, “well that was fast”.
What’s the general response been like since it came out you had Chris tattooed onto you?
It’s been hectic. I’ve had people messaging me that I don’t know, and people calling me a fame hungry woman, or an idiot, etc.
But I’ve had more lovely comments. I thought a few of my friends would see and that’s it, but then a newspaper saw it and it went a bit crazy!
Some of my friends think it’s hilarious, some think it’s weird, but I guess it sums me up – I am weird.
Any other Love Island tattoos we should know about?
[Laughs] No, not yet! I have been told to get Crazy Crumpet tattooed underneath it – which is what he called me in his post.
Was there a time when you regretted getting it?
Not a chance. I don’t think I will ever regret it. It is something that I wanted in that moment. If you start thinking about things you may regret, then you won’t be having fun (obviously bar crimes and that sort of thing…).’
I’m Your Biggest Fan is a weekly series that deep dives into the world of fandoms, via the people who worship the hardest. Check back in next Thursday to check out the latest aficionado.
Want to get involved in I'm Your Biggest Fan?
If you've got a rather brilliant obsession - from Game of Thrones to My Little Pony - and want to share the reasons why, get in touch!
Covered in tattoos of your favourite soapie star? Perhaps you sold the house to satisfy your obsession with Christmas.
Whatever it is, we would love to know your story.
Email us email@example.com, call 020 3615 2145 or visit our Submit Stuff page with a bit about what you've done, with some pictures to back it up. You'll have to be prepared to be interviewed and deep dive into the fandom - but that's the fun part, right?