I was always into tattoos growing up. My dad has numerous tattoos and so I was always around them. It wasn’t however until my freshman year in college that I got the urge to get my first tattoo and I haven’t looked back since.
My mom was always against me having a tattoo and obviously dad didn’t care. The biggest fear of my mothers was being able to have a job after football and so I thought if I was going to get a tattoo I would need to get it somewhere where people wouldn’t know when I was wearing a t shirt and it had to mean something.
So the first tattoo was the spring after my freshman year of football at Ohio State and I haven’t looked back since. My freshman year I got a cross on my right arm with a piece of clothe draped over top of it and on the middle and sides. On the top of the clothe reads ‘Laurinaitis’, on the middle reads ‘mom and dad’, and on the right ‘Jessica’ (my sister) and the left ‘Joey’ (my brother).
Later that summer I got tattoo #2. I was always infatuated with tribal tattoos but didn’t want to get one just to get one so I got tribal with my initials in them ‘JRL’. It’s hard to explain but those are the only tattoos I had while I was in college. I always wanted more but couldn’t afford them in college.
My next tattoo was the summer before my rookie year and it’s one you haven’t seen. It’s on my right side from my armpit to my oblique and it took 6 hours straight to complete. It’s a picture of Jesus resurrected in the clouds looking up with his arms open with a dove flying overhead and rays of light coming through the clouds symbolizing the trinity with John 16:33 written out next to it that says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
After my rookie year I got my next two tattoos. I got a block O for Ohio State inside my right arm with 6 silver bullets flying through them. Our defense since the days of Mike Vrabel has been called the silver bullets and so in those bullets on my arm are the numbers of some of the guys I played with. Next to the O is a Buckeye sticker and the other side #33. Also on my right arm I got the crown of thorns above my cross tattoo with the Greek word ‘Tetelestai’ through it and rays of light. That word translated in the bible means “it is finished” which is what Jesus said on the cross before he gave up his spirit. I also added under that same cross on one side the Hebrew word for grace and the Hebrew word Echad which means ‘oneness’. When Jesus in John 17 in the garden prayed for the church to be one as he and the father are one that was the word used to oneness. The other tattoo I got that year was tribal on my left tricep that was the Alpha sign going into a cross which lead into the Omega sign since Jesus says in Revelation “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The next tattoo was after my second season and it involved getting a Lion, Lamb, and dove on the inside of my left bicep. Again symbolizing the trinity. I also added another to the right arm which was a picture of Jesus face with Galatians 2:20 written underneath which says, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’ There was one more added as well to the right are and that’s the Lithuanian word for family that everyone in my family has tattooed except mom. Other than that it’s just been a bunch of shading to connect everything. I have plans to get more. The right arm is completed as a half sleeve. The debate now is whether to make the left arm a full sleeve. I have some ideas …