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Friday, January 24, 2020


Look: Gerardo Parra gets World Series tattoo

Gerardo Parra Baby Shark

It took a bit of time, but Gerardo Parra has followed through and gotten his Baby Shark-inspired World Series tattoo.

Parra, the former Washington Nationals outfielder whose change in walk-up music to “Baby Shark” led to something of a craze, got a long-promised tattoo of the World Series trophy, with a sunglasses-wearing Baby Shark as the centerpiece.

Parra pledged he would do this prior to the World Series, and while it took him a while, he’s followed through on it. He hasn’t skimped on things, either — that is one elaborate tattoo, complete with the shark at the heart of it all. Given how the crowd would react when it was played, though, can you blame him for wanting to memorialize it?

Parra signed with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants back in November. He’ll have to find a way to come back stateside for a visit to show off the new ink.

Ravens fan had Lamar Jackson autograph his arm, turned it into tattoo

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson proved just how dangerous of a dual-threat quarterback he is with a record-setting day against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and one Baltimore Ravens fan decided to commemorate the performance by having Jackson sign his forearm. Now, that signature isn’t going anywhere.

After having Jackson sign his arm following Baltimore’s 23-17 win, the fan then went out and turned the autograph into a tattoo.

That’s some serious commitment.

Jackson threw for 236 yards and rushed for 152 and a score, becoming the first player in NFL history with 150-plus rush yards and 200-plus pass yards in a single regular season game. Colin Kaepernick is the only other player to accomplish the feat, as he threw for 263 yards and rushed for 181 during a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

While he is only in his second NFL season, Jackson is morphing into a dynamic superstar. It may be too early to say if he’s worthy of some of the insane athlete tattoo tributes we have seen in the past, but at least one Ravens fan is obviously confident the former Louisville star is here to stay.

Oklahoma Sooners fan gets Horns Down tattoo on inner lip

David Sills horns down

How far are you willing to go to show support for your favorite team? One woman got a Horns Down tattoo on her inner lip to prepare for the weekend’s Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas.

On Tuesday, an Oklahoma-based fashion blogger named Lacy said on Twitter that she would get a Horns Down tattoo if her tweet got 200 retweets.

The tweet got over 400 retweets, so Lacy scheduled a tattoo appointment and got the ink done on Thursday.

She showed off the final product:

That’s dedication. Just don’t let the Big 12 know about it; the tattoo might trigger a 15-yard penalty.

H/T Barstool Sports

Dwyane Wade gets tattoo of ‘Way of Wade’ logo on knee

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade spent most of his NBA career as one of the few stars in the league without any tattoos, but that’s changed recently.

Wade actually got his first tattoo last summer before his final season in the league. He got his daughter’s name Kaavia James tattooed on his shoulders.

He has since added tattoos this on his left leg. His left thigh has some personal art that includes his quote “My belief is stronger than your doubt” and has some street signs referencing important locations in his life. He appeared to get that tattoo in April.

Then on Monday he shared a photo that showed his new knee tattoo. The tattoo on his knee features Wade’s “Way of Wade” logo that appears on his gear through Chinese brand Li-Ning.

Wade joked when he got the tattoo done that he couldn’t change his logo moving forward.

Last year, Wade announced a lifetime partnership with Li-Ning. Now he has the ink to prove his commitment.

George Kittle got a Heath Ledger Joker tattoo day before his wedding

George Kittle

George Kittle got a notable new tattoo over the offseason. The timing of the tattoo is just as interesting as the actual ink job he got.

During Monday night’s preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, ESPN made mention of Kittle’s new Heath Ledger Joker tattoo and how the tight end got it done the day before his wedding.

Here’s a look at the tattoo. Kittle said that his wife Claire was not happy with him for getting it done before their wedding.

An ESPN story on Kittle explained why the tight end got it done with such strange timing.

Kittle had been wanting to get a tattoo of his alter ego — the Heath Ledger version of the Joker — and he wanted to do it at Neon Dragon Tattoo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his preferred purveyor of ink. With scheduling conflicts both ways, the day before the biggest day of his life was the only option.

Kittle had his arm bandaged so the new tattoo wouldn’t bleed through during his wedding.

Though she was initially upset about it, Claire now calls it “really cool.”

Kittle emerged as one of the best tight ends in the NFL last year. He had 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns.

Look: Lonzo Ball gets tattoo sleeve of historic black icons

Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball recently got a tattoo sleeve on his arm that features some truly incredible art work depicting historic black icons.

Tattoo artist Steve Butcher, who tattooed Ball’s sleeve, shared a video clip on Instagram Monday showing off the final piece. Butcher said Ball was 99 percent healed at the time the video was recorded.

Ball’s left arm tattoo sleeve features portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.

The detail and realness of each portrait is truly stunning. Butcher could not have done a better job on Ball’s arm.

Interestingly, when Ball entered the league in 2017, he did not have any tattoos on his body, in large part because his outspoken father LaVar frowned upon them. That has quickly changed. Lonzo got his first ones last year in solidarity with his brother, LiAngelo, and added a sleeve on his left arm last offseason.

“My brother got a bunch of them so I didn’t want him to be the only one in the family,” Ball told the LA Times. “My dad was pretty mad the first time. I used to have wristbands but they all snapped off so I figured I’d put them there permanently.”

The only problem with the tattoos is if something changes and you feel differently about the permanent ink. For instance, Ball ended up covering up one of his tattoos and changing it in March.

As much as we love the sleeve — it truly is a work of art — we are a little disappointed that Lonzo missed one other Black icon.

Rockets writer to get Russell Westbrook MVP tattoo after tweet backfires

Russell Westbrook

A Houston Rockets writer is planning to make good on getting a Russell Westbrook tattoo after one of his tweets backfired.

There was talk over the weekend that the Oklahoma City Thunder were open to trading Westbrook after dealing Paul George to the Clippers on Friday night. The Rockets were mentioned at the time as a potential trade partner. That led the Action Network’s Matt Moore to joke about how Rockets fans would have to take back all their negative comments about Westbrook when he won MVP over Harden three seasons ago.

Taylor Pate, a writer at Rockets fan site RedNationHoops.com, thought the suggestion of a trade was so asinine he said he would tattoo Westbrook’s MVP season averages on his face.

Well, the Rockets did indeed trade for Westbrook on Thursday, prompting Moore and others to remind Pate about his promise.

Pate didn’t try to deny it and instead asked for a compromise from folks on Twitter.

Pate then decided he would get the tattoo under his beard.

What will the tattoo have to say? 31.6/10.7/10.4 — the season averages Westbrook put up when he averaged a triple-double and won league MVP over Harden.

Daryl Morey making this trade just to see this happen alone was worth it. And Pate now joins the excellent category of people who have had to get tattoos due to sports promises.