Hinske brings his ‘living canvas’ tattoos to Braves

Here is Eric Hinske's Japanese warrior, breathing snake thingy.

Here is Eric Hinske's Japanese warrior, breathing snake thingy.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nobody has added more color to the Braves’ clubhouse than utility man Eric Hinske. How about a $5,000 tattoo that took two entire offseasons to complete?

The tattoo on Hinske’s back, pictured left, was just completed this winter.

“It’s just traditional Japanese styling tattoo,” he said. “I got a tattoo of a cross on my left arm when my grandfather died and I liked it so then I got one of a dragon on my other arm. I just liked the way it looked. Then I got addicted to it and I couldn’t stop. I had my arms and chest plates done so I just wanted to tie it all together so it looked like 0ne big piece. So I just got this big Japanese warrior and this snake wrapped around with the snake’s mouth open, with wind and clouds and stuff. It’s pretty cool.”

Hinske, who was signed as a free agent from the New York Yankees, said there is no special significance to the design. The outline and shading for the tattoo was done last winter. All of the coloring was done this winter, in nine or 10 settings covering 30 hours Altogether, it was 18 to 20 sittings covering 45 hours and totaling $5,000, paid to the order of the appropriately named, “Living Canvas” in Tempe, Ariz.

When asked if getting all of those tattoos hurt, Hinske said, “It’s hard to explain. It’s annoying. It’s like you’re getting stung by a bee for three or four hours.

“It was fun. But it was a lot of work. I finished all the color this offseason and by the end I was ready to stop. A lot of pain.”

Did his wife, Kathryn, object?

“I would call my wife an enabler,” he said. “She likes the way I look. She said, ‘Do whatever you want, it’s your body.’”

186 comments Add your comment

Kelley

February 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

Huh, not a fan……

Josh Smildress

February 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Even better is the additional sunburn red that is on his neck. That must have made him happy to get that color for free.

Michael

February 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Nice underwear Eric. I’m sure your new teammates won’t give you crap about that.

Beoti

February 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

Those love handles give me hope that I still have what it takes to be professional athlete.

JawjuhBoy

February 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

This dude ain’t all there…

Big Sack Dawg

February 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

That will give his boyfriend something to look at.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

Yeah, that was interesting. Does he play baseball?

sidslidkid

February 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

That’s an impressive tattoo to say the least.

JLC

February 25th, 2010
2:53 pm

I have a theory…if a players body is shaped like mine, then I don’t want him playing on my team.

thin

February 25th, 2010
2:53 pm

Stuart

February 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

Jeff, did you ask Hinske if Banana Republic is one of the sponsors of his back?

Otis Nixon

February 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

Yeah, I got me one of them on my back too!! i also got a black dragon snake on my frontside for the ladies, HOLLAAAHHH!!!!!!

ATL Fan

February 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

Ted M

February 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

OMG – do women actually like that?

Joe Simpson the Great

February 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

People are dumb.

Ted M

February 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

I know this isn’t right, but now I hope he stinks it up in spring training and the Braves cut him.

superadam

February 25th, 2010
3:12 pm

I bet he is really inconspicious(sp) at the beach

That guy

February 25th, 2010
3:12 pm

so Jeff, how about that article about Escobar? Man an article about the Kennesaw State club bass fishing team would be more hard hitting than this, and it wouldn’t be proven that baseball players are most likely the least athletic athletes in team sports.
A little too much celebrating after the World Series Hinske?

Ted M

February 25th, 2010
3:13 pm

Jeff – have you asked any questions yet? Dude get to work…even though I kinda want to see what the rest of his horrid tattoos look like.

jarvis

February 25th, 2010
3:14 pm

It’s gotten to the point that I can’t even read Bradley anymore. I have to come on here to even complain about him.

Kudzu

February 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

Yeah, I could have done without knowing (or seeing) this…do you have to wear shirts when you have this done? At first glance I thought he had a shirt tucked into his underware…man I really started getting nervous…freaky!

woody

February 25th, 2010
3:21 pm

pretty damn stupid

Ted Striker

February 25th, 2010
3:23 pm

The only thing that would make a tatt like that worse would be if it was on the front of his body.

raymond

February 25th, 2010
3:24 pm

SICK Cant believe the Braves signed him.

Yep

February 25th, 2010
3:31 pm

Man…he ruined the whole tat by letting them tattoo “banana republic” on there too

Yep

February 25th, 2010
3:33 pm

Hopefully there’s a clause in his contract that his deal is null and void if he contracts Hepatitis

wow

February 25th, 2010
3:44 pm

I honestly can’t come up with an amount of money I would accept to get that on my body, let alone paying to having it done. Just….wow……….

2sweet

February 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

Is that Saito or Kawakami on his back?

Why would a utility infielder get a tattoo of a pitcher?

hmmm....

February 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

Banana Republic hasn’t been cool since the 90’s. Now they are a fairy store with nothing but fairies working there. Not sure what to think about this dude.

BobtheBlogger

February 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

You know what they say about the gals who get the tattos on their lower backs. When they get old, the eagle on the back turns into a buzzard in the crack.

Just Curious

February 25th, 2010
3:52 pm

Whatever to the Johnny Damon deal….I assume it’s a dead deal.

Sonny Clusters

February 25th, 2010
3:53 pm

The Braves can be proud of this one! I think we may have found the newest Buck Commander. We was honor roll in school and we bet he wasn’t.

The Hangover

February 25th, 2010
3:53 pm

And Eric got so wasted he could remember getting that tattoo. CLASSIC.

Just Curious

February 25th, 2010
3:53 pm

Whatever happened to the Johnny Damon deal….I assume it’s a dead deal

Oops ….fat finger

Common Sense

February 25th, 2010
3:55 pm

I have left the Hinske’s household.

tmack652

February 25th, 2010
3:56 pm

dude hit 20 homers two years ago and 7 in less that 60 at-bats last year… who cares what he puts on his body?? as long as he keeps diggin the long-ball i’ll be okay with that. not to mention he’s had a knack for playing on some pretty special ball clubs…

tmack652

February 25th, 2010
3:58 pm

excuse me, 7 homers in 84 at-bats…

gt

February 25th, 2010
3:58 pm

Show Bobby Cox’s tatoo.

Jay Dubu

February 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

Wow! He must have really floored the Braves in his interview, becuase they are an ultra conservative organization.

I hope the time he spent getting this done, didn’t take away from developing his skills over the offseason.

ratherBgambling

February 25th, 2010
4:01 pm

Thanks for wasting my time AJC

SeanM

February 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

If this guy really pans out and is a great reserve/utility(and lets face it, after Greg Norton, that bar is not really that high), I look forward to all the bashers on here eating their words. Who cares if the guy has a monster tatt, who cares if he is portly(remember the Ruth? that guy was a friggin hippo and nobody gives him crap, it is baseball after all), who cares if his underwear hangs out like a friggin redneck(good state to come to, Eric, you will fit right in with the outlying areas of Atlanta). All I care about is if the guy can play, and if he can, all that other stuff is just junk from judgmental morons with too much time on their hands. News flash…your opinion is probably not as important as you think it is.

Neither is mine, for what it’s worth, heh.

Dennis

February 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

gdawginkalamazoo

February 25th, 2010
4:03 pm

…”said there is no special significance to the design”

Say what?

Enter the tatto parlor.
“How may we help you?”

Yes I would like to get a tattoo please.

“Okay what did you have in mind?”

Well, I would like for it to look like a shirt from the back. Maybe put a snake on there somewhere along with a Japanese dude with a bad toupee, maybe tattoo my breast while you are at it. Make it a short sleeve tattoo though. For the rest just use your imagination because I don’t really have anything in mind for it. I am just looking for 18 to 20 hours of pain.

“Do you play in the NBA by chance?”

No, I ride the bench in major league baseball. Want to see my WOrld Series ring? Derek Jeter won it for me.

Did anybody notice the naked leprechuan hiding behind that snake>

biggerthanbigdawg

February 25th, 2010
4:03 pm

If you close your left eye and pull the right eyelid sideways…like you would when you’re pretending to be an Asian, the tatoo does not look too bad as it blurs out of focus. Where is his mullet btw?

brandon

February 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Chippers Wing Man

February 25th, 2010
4:07 pm

johnny damon signed with detroit last week.

OZZFEST

February 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

LOOKS LIKE THE DUDE NEEDS SOME INSTRUCTION FROM THE GENERAL LARRY PLATT.
WHO THE HELL MAKES MLB KINDA MONEY AND WEARS BANANA REPUBLIC?…GET THEMS PANTS PULLED UP!!!

jay

February 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

$5000 for that? What an ass clown

country boy

February 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

I thought that was your back Jeffy boy…..until I saw the hairline.

Fletch

February 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

I thought it was going to be Moylan. I think he’s got his forearms completely covered