Brett Lawrie is a young guy with the whole world in the palm of his hand. He has money and opportunities for days. He, like so many other people of his generation, likes getting tattoos. He spent much of this off-season in the tattoo chair, showing up this spring with two new full sleeves.
Here is a shot from November, with Lawrie modelling the new Jays third jersey. Notice the left arm is completely covered in grayscale work while his right arm retains some of its original pigmentation. As you can see above, that is no longer the case. Lawrie festooned his left arm with a largely flowered motive, with a black rose featuring prominently among the other lightly shaded elements.
Look more closely at the right wrist of Canadian Jesus. Is that…the MLB logo? With a date underneath?
Yup. That is the Major League Baseball logo with the date of Brett Lawrie’s big league début underneath. Which, as a known tattoo sympathizer, I don’t have anything snarky/condescending to say about.
Brett Lawrie is certainly not the first kid from Langley to go from a few ill-chosen tattoos to full sleeves in less than a calender year. If anything, I salute Lawrie for doing as he chooses with his time, money, and notoriety. It doesn’t effect his ability to play the game one iota so what’s the harm? Live large, bro. (Or something.)