Off-Season Tattoo Analysis: John Erskine

In light of Karl Alzner’s exciting tattoo news, we’ve been discussing the rest of the team’s ink. Big John seems to be the O.G. tat-man on the team, so it’s time to delve into his body art.

“When a guy with all those tattoos shoots the puck, you better get out of the way.” Those were Joel Ward’s comments about Big John, back when the Caps re-signed Erskine. Erskine then goes on to discuss his tattoos with Chuck Gormley, Capitals Insider for CSN Washington and writer of that article, and it gets quite interesting.

Big John got his first tattoo at 16, “a swirly thing on my arm,” and his collection of body art has skyrocketed ever since. He now has two full-sleeves covering his arms, and I’m sure he has plenty elsewhere (Google Image Search is failing me on that part,) including his back and legs.

Erskine, for my money, has the best tattoos on the team. To me, Alzner still has the best single piece of art, but John’s collection, along with him being the O.G., puts him at the top of the list. He’s got dragons, gargoyles, and angels all over the place. That’s pretty macho. He says he has a few he regrets, but hey, nobody with multiple tattoos is without any regrets, am I right? He gets bonus points for having previous jersey numbers tattooed on his body, because that’s pretty funny.

And yes, this Chuck Gormley article is the source I was looking for to back up my thought that I had read somewhere that Erskine was inspiration for Mike Green’s tattoo explosion, so I’ll be able to sleep well tonight.

Erskine says he goes back to his hometown tattoo parlor each summer to add to his collection, so hopefully he’s doing that right now…

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