Until recently, Kevin Durant’s love for tattoos was unknown. The Thunder star just received this permanent ink on his back. The tattoo proclaims his Maryland roots along with an angel and hands signaling, 35, his jersey number.
Durant certainly isn’t the first NBA player to get a similarly sized tattoo.
Big ink is to the current NBA scene what short shorts and the mid-range jump shot was to basketball’s past.
What do Abraham Lincoln, Lynyrd Skynyrd lyrics and the tree of life have in common?
They’ve all been tattooed on an NBA player.
Chris Bosh searched for ways to differentiate himself from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. So he decided to have tree branches, an eagle, music notes and some lady clutching a skull drawn on his back in permanent ink.
DeShawn Stephenson wanted to honour his hero, Martin Luther King Jr., with a tattoo. But Gilbert Arenas stole his idea. So he went with option No. 2 and inked the issuer of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln, on his neck.
J.R. Smith took the art of tattooing to another level with this concept. Smith announced his commitment to the NBA 'for eternity' with this ring finger tattoo.
Who knew Monta Ellis was such a family man. This deep rooted tattoo pays tribute to the Ellis lineage. Family definitely comes first for the Warriors guard.
Udonis Haslem is a proud Florida product. He attended a Jacksonville high school, starred at the University of Florida, and has spent his entire NBA career with the Miami Heat. Now, he's showing his love by tattooing the entire state across his back.
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