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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:07 pm | Updated: 2:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

D-Backs infielder Ryan Roberts tells Too on One about his collection of tattoos.

Page Too: How old were you when you got your first tattoo?

Ryan Roberts: I was 18. It was a cross with a crown of thorns.

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PT: Was it something you always wanted to do?

RR: No, not really. I never really thought about it, and then right before I got it I started thinking about it. I got one, and that was going to be it. Then I ended up getting one here, two there, two here, and before you know it I was where I am now.

PT: Is there one that means the most?

RR: Pretty much all of them mean something. I never went in and picked something off the wall. They’ve all been drawn up and customized how I wanted them to be. They all took time and thought, and I couldn’t pinpoint one as my favorite.

PT: Did your friends or family have tattoos before you started getting them?

RR: At the time, no. None of my friends did and my parents didn’t. Then I started getting a bunch of them, and now my mom has two, my dad has one and my wife has a few. I think it rubbed off.

PT: Were they ever against you getting them?

RR: At first my mom was. I was 18 and they were supporting me, and they were giving me money to eat and I’m trying to save it to get tattoos. They didn’t like that a whole lot. When I started paying for my own stuff, they really couldn’t say a lot and they started dealing with it. The more they realized that I was getting them for certain reasons instead of just filling up tattoos, then they slowly evolved into liking them.

Up close and personal

Favorite movie: “Boondock Saints”

Favorite TV show: “Dexter”

Last book read: ”Baby Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy

Car you drive: Lexus GS300 and an Escalade

Song you’d sing on “American Idol”: ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

Worst habit: Dipping tobacco

Ringtone: Standard ring

Favorite childhood toy: A red motorcycle

First job: I sacked groceries at Winn-Dixie

What would you have for your last meal? Steak and chicken fajitas with black beans and rice

Best sports movie: ”Legend of Bagger Vance”

Something about you that would surprise people: I’m a lot nicer than people would expect.

Person you’d want to switch places with for a day: A big-time architect who built a skyscraper

Favorite athlete in another sport: Allen Iverson

Favorite city to visit: L.A.

Reality TV show you’d like to be on: None. Can’t stand that.

Favorite fast-food restaurant and item: Jack in the Box tacos

Your hero: My parents

Bucket list: I’d like to do more traveling outside the U.S., own a Bentley GT Continental, go to culinary school and be around long enough to see my kids get married.

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