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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tattoos

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.

Drake covers Warriors tattoos with armband

Drake wasn’t wearing an armband at Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the fashion statement. It actually served a practical purpose.

The Toronto native and Raptors ambassador/superfan was wearing an armband to cover up his Golden State Warriors tattoos. He has a “30 gifted” tattoo for Steph Curry and later added a “35 snipe” tattoo to his arm.

Drake is a general sports fan, even if his allegiances lie with the Raptors. Having tattoos supporting two of the greatest players ever does not make him less of a Raptors fan.

What does make him a great fan is his choice of attire, like the jersey he used to troll the Curry family in Game 1.

Kyle Guy has tattoo on leg of David and Goliath

Kyle Guy fiancee

Those watching the National Championship Game between Virginia and Texas Tech on Monday night likely noticed a tattoo on Kyle Guy’s thigh that was visible while he was playing. Only a small piece of the artwork showed through the bottom of his shorts, but you’re in luck, because we have a full shot of what it looks like.

Here’s the tattoo thanks to a photo the Virginia star shared on Instagram in 2017 when he got the ink done:

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The tattoo is of a tiger with its mouth open. Inside the mouth is an image of David standing on top of Goliath.

So what’s the significance of the tattoo? Guy explained in a letter he wrote to himself, as shared on 247 Sports.

“You’ve been an underdog your entire life, or in other words, your whole life has been full of Goliaths. You were always smaller and skinnier than everyone you played against, never passing the ‘eye test.’ But just like David, you have conquered all of your Goliaths, despite everyone telling you, much like they told him, you would fail. That’s why you have a tattoo of David standing over Goliath on your thigh; you carry that wherever you go and you never forget it.”

Never underestimate a player who has a chip on his shoulder as Guy does.

Look: Lonzo Ball covers up Big Baller Brand tattoo

Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball is moving on from Big Baller Brand and means business.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard had his Big Baller Brand logo tattoo covered up. His tattoo artist, Herchell Carrasco, posted a photo on Instagram showing the work he did to cover up the logo on the back of Ball’s forearm, near his elbow. The artist converted the BBB logo to dice that display the numbers 1, 2 and 3 — the numbers Lonzo and each of his brothers wear on the court.

This is the latest twist in a series of moves where Lonzo has distanced himself from Big Baller Brand. He broke ties with a Big Baller Brand co-founder after seeing $1.5 million go missing. He then posted on Instagram a hint at leaving BBB for Nike.

There is now even chatter that Big Baller Brand has considered folding. The brand was created by LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of Lonzo and his two other brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Though LaVar once looked like king of the world while Lonzo starred at UCLA and the two other boys had scholarships there, things started unraveling one piece at a time. The family’s efforts to build their own brand seemed successful, but Lonzo appears to feel he is better off elsewhere.