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Colin Kaepernick's Tattoo

27 Painful Hours

... With Celeb Ink Artist

7/9/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Colin Kaepernick's giant new tattoo took 27 long painful hours to complete -- over 3 days -- with one of the top celebrity tattoo artists in L.A. wielding the needle ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Colin recently had biblical imagery symbolizing "money is the root of all evil" tatted on his left torso.  Now, we've learned the guy who applied the tat is Carlos Torres of Timeline Gallery tattoo shop in L.A. ... an artist who's worked on huge stars like 50 Cent and Nas.

Torres tells TMZ Sports ... Colin initially reached out on Instagram to inquire about a session, after being referred through a friend.

"He sent me a drawing of his idea ... There was a lot going on so I simplified it.  Not every piece of art makes a great tattoo, so I refined it so it'd be a great tattoo. But Colin came up with the concept."

Torres explains ... "We did three sittings.  They were each eight, nine hours long.  The side of the ribs are a painful area, but Colin laid there like a rock."

Torres wouldn't tell us how much Colin paid for the art work, but says he usually runs around $250 per hour ... and he still has a few hours of work left before Colin's tat is complete.  So, figure CK's total bill will run upwards of $7,500.

Worth it ... especially when you just signed a $126 million contract.

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28 COMMENTS

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1.

WillieWondering    

I hope the tat will help him identify secondary and tertiary receivers, otherwise he'll be out of the league within 3 years.

52 days ago
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Craig O'Brien    

Colin Kaepernick's new tattoo is not quite correct!! It should've been written, "the love of money is the root of all evil".

51 days ago
3.

truth    

Like it was once said, there are two types of people who wear sunglasses indoors, blind people and ass holes.
With that being said, there there are two types of people who have tattoos and they are idiots and followers.
I'm not hating, it's just tat's are played out now.

51 days ago
4.

Ken    

Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy of man making $126mil getting a tat stating that money is the root of all evil???

51 days ago
5.

Joao    

Whoever he is will be sorry 20 years from now.

51 days ago
6.

FREEDOM    

126 MILLION DOLLARS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR A PLAYER IN SPORTS.......

51 days ago
7.

FREEDOM    

WHO IS GOING TO LOOK AT THESE TATS ANYWAY.

51 days ago
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FREEDOM    

WHY DOESN'T HE TELL HIS STORY IN A BOOK WITH INK. INSTEAD OF COVERING HIS BODY....

51 days ago
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maturequality    

What will happen when he runs out skin to cover with tat's

51 days ago
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rcytrcy01@yahoo.com    

It looks like chit

51 days ago
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Kimberly    

BEAUTIFUL work

51 days ago
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Kimberly    

No, I see it too, just that I don't Blame the targets of the ones who buy people, i DIRECTLY blame the ones doling that out so THEY can "make" even more than this kid will ever see.

51 days ago
13.

Battlemage    

The TRUE value, the guaranteed value, of Kaepernick's contract is four times less than those of comparable quarterbacks.

Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Joe Flacco all recently signed contracts with more than four times as much guaranteed money.

So basically Kaepernick made sure he got paid, but also made sure that his contract was something the team could manage, allowing them to sign other players. Those other guys? Not so much.

51 days ago
14.

dabomboo7o    

its "the love of money is the root of all evil"
BIG difference!

51 days ago
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aloysius    

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51 days ago
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