My Next Tattoo

I have one tattoo. It’s the tattoo equivalent of of one of those Best Friends Forever necklaces that thirteen year old girls buy at Claire’s at the mall: my best friend Mandy and I got them together and they both say “heart.” It’s on my wrist (get it? … I wear my heart on my sleeve) and I love it. It’s so cheesy and it makes me smile every time I look down at it and remember the insane personal pitcher drinking, jukebox memorizing, dive bar crying, talking shit about boys bender we were on together around the time we got them.

But lately I’ve been feeling like I need a new tattoo, something that is just mine alone. And, yes, I’ve definitely been considering a baseball tattoo. A few of my friends have rolled their eyes at this idea, I think because most sports tattoos are so very bad. Although I love my Astros, I don’t really think getting a team-specific tattoo is the way for me to go. I want the tattoo I get to somehow encompass all the things that baseball is to me: art, whimsy, science, religion, math, history, nostalgia, sadness, and happiness… Something like, well, this:

But of course, that’s already taken.

Although I try to keep an open mind, there are some things that I know my baseball tattoo won’t include:

Having ruled out evil clowns, eagle claws, flames, and Dallas Braden’s perfect game, I’m sure I’ll figure something out soon. Y’all let me know if you have any great ideas for me, and of course you will be the first to know when I finally come to a decision about how to declare my love for this game that other people play onto my skin permanently. (Weird.)




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Summer Anne Burton is a writer and illustrator living in Austin, Texas. She is drawing pictures of Every Hall of Famer.


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Resolution
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Resolution
4 years 6 months ago

a ‘Flaming Dallas Braden Claws’ tattoo would be the way to go here.

MikeS
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MikeS
4 years 6 months ago

Not a “Flaming Dallas Braden Claws spinning and getting his clothes knocked off by a line drive back through the box?”

Resolution
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Resolution
4 years 6 months ago

this one is excellent. Hooray teamwork!

olethros
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olethros
4 years 6 months ago

How about a butterfly with a bat for its body, balls for eyes/antenna stalks, and wings made from a collage of baseball cards.

olethros
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olethros
4 years 6 months ago

Either that, or Jeff Bagwell with a fistful of meat.

Summer Anne
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Summer Anne
4 years 6 months ago

I might have to draw that………….

olethros
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olethros
4 years 6 months ago

Wait until he gets to the Hall.

Yirmiyahu
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4 years 6 months ago

The Butterfly will never get into the Hall. He was brilliant for a little while, but just didn’t last long enough to put up any impressive counting stats.

Sue
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Sue
4 years 3 months ago

That is EXACTLY what I am looking for…a butterfly made of baseball items! If you find one, please let me know!

AK707
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AK707
4 years 6 months ago

This needs to be timeless – could calvin and hobbes help?

RC
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RC
4 years 6 months ago

Calvin peeing on a Ranger’s logo?

Ben
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Ben
4 years 6 months ago

I feel like the second-to-last panel could work on the same level as the Charlie Brown tattoo.

Erik Archer
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4 years 6 months ago

Pascual Perez sniffing his index finger

colin
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colin
4 years 6 months ago

You should get “Kiss My” tattooed on your lower back with an arrow pointing down right below it. (No joke, actually saw that one)

Ben
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Ben
4 years 6 months ago

How ’bout it says “Boys of Summer” and has headshots of yer three favorite players?

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042
4 years 5 months ago

like the three killer Bs! Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman!

Yirmiyahu
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4 years 6 months ago

Everyone is wrong. The only correct answer is Joe West.

olethros
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olethros
4 years 6 months ago

Joe West on one shoulder, Harmon Killebrew on the other.

Nerds of Summer
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Nerds of Summer
4 years 6 months ago

The start menu for SNES’s Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball across the back.

nubillybaroo
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nubillybaroo
4 years 6 months ago

Ozzie Guillen stabbing a pig with a baseball bat

nubillybaroo
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nubillybaroo
4 years 6 months ago

unless your Jewish…

Barry Bonds
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Barry Bonds
4 years 6 months ago

How about a tattoo of a syringe?

smb282
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smb282
4 years 5 months ago

A cartoon Darryl Strawberry throwing firecrackers at some frightened children

Giant Torture
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Giant Torture
4 years 5 months ago

I forget his name, but there’s a guy in Bull Durham who used to tour minor league parks and do a whole act. He spit stuff in the air and had an old time baseball-feel and uniform. He was part jester, part nostalgia and his longevity and dedication to the game was part of the romantic part of it. I’d say get a cartoon of him done.

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