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Sunday, August 18, 2019

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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.

Kyle Kuzma got awesome Space Jam-themed tattoo

Kyle Kuzma

After LeBron James signed with his team earlier this summer, Kyle Kuzma can now add another W to the books.

Famous Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Herchell Carrasco took to Instagram on Saturday to show off some new work that he did on the Los Angeles Lakers forward. Kuzma got a bottle that read “Kuz’s Secret Stuff” inked onto his right thigh. The tattoo is an obvious and iconic reference to “Michael’s Secret Stuff” from “Space Jam.” Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll shared the image:

The 23-year-old Kuzma averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Lakers as a rookie last season, so the hope will be that his bottle of secret stuff leads him to a second-year leap as he plays alongside James.

Kuzma definitely deserves props for such an epic tat (especially with the attention to detail in including Bugs Bunny’s hand). But this may not even be the best homage to “Space Jam” that we have seen in sports so far this year.

Look: JR Smith got ‘Supreme’ tattoo

JR Smith

JR Smith is definitely having the most JR Smith of offseasons.

The Cleveland Cavaliers veteran took to Instagram on Thursday to show off some new ink, specifically a prominent “Supreme” tattoo on his right leg.

#Work #SupremeTeam

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This comes just months after Smith sported a “Supreme” shooting sleeve during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in December.

The 32-year-old will have some rehabbing of his image to do next season after his blunder heard around the world cost the Cavs Game 1 of the NBA Finals and possibly LeBron James as well. But so far, so bad for him, especially since Smith was also involved in a ridiculous incident earlier this week.

Nick Young shows off new Larry O’Brien Trophy neck tattoo

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Nick Young is an NBA champion, and he has the tattoo to prove it.

Young shared photos on his Instagram story Friday night of him getting a new tattoo. The new work proved to be a Larry O’Brien Trophy tattoo on his neck.

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is awarded to the NBA champions, which turned out to be Young’s Golden State Warriors, who captured their third title in four seasons.

Known for being a good scorer but a bit of a class-clown type, Young won his first title in his 12th season. The good news is there were no misspellings in this tattoo, unlike the big mistake Swaggy nearly made a few years ago.

Look: Rangers fan has tattoo of Jose Bautista being punched

Rougned Odor’s right hook to Jose Bautista’s jaw is forever etched into our memories and now forever etched onto one Texas Rangers fan’s arm as well.

During the broadcast of Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, FOX Sports Southwest caught up with Rangers fan Austin Bazar, who showed off an amazing tattoo on his left bicep area of Bautista getting clocked by Odor. Bazar, who said that the tattoo took over ten hours to complete, was named the “Progressive Fan of the Game” as a result. Have a look:

The incident, which took place during a game in May of 2016, has been hard to forget since. While Bautista is no longer a member of the Toronto Blue Jays (he is now a New York Met), Odor is still going strong for the Rangers in what is now his fifth career season with them.

If you asked Bautista, he’d probably tell you he much prefers this tattoo instead.

Capitals players got Stanley Cup tattoos

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The Washington Capitals are really out here living their best lives after winning the Stanley Cup.

The team’s victory tour continued on Saturday, and Caps forwards Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana were seen drunkenly dancing on the team bus and declaring that they were going to get Stanley Cup tattoos. Here is video, via Josh Billinson of the Independent Journal Review:

Was it baseless bluster stemming from an inebriated stupor? Absolutely not.

Shortly after the video was taken, Burakovsky and Vrana both posted pictures of themselves actually getting tattooed on their respective Instagram Stories.

It’s hard to blame the young forwards for partying hearty when this was the first Stanley Cup victory in Capitals franchise history. The only player who might be having more fun than them right now is Alex Ovechkin.

Fan planning to get another Baker Mayfield tattoo if he wins Heisman

Baker Mayfield

Kenneth Holzhammer’s devotion to Baker Mayfield truly knows no bounds.

Holzhammer, an Oklahoma Sooners fan, tweeted at Mayfield, the star OU quarterback, back in May, saying he would get a Mayfield tattoo if retweeted.

Lo and behold, Mayfield obliged, and so Holzhammer did thusly.

According to Sam Gannon of FOX25 in Oklahoma City, Holzhammer is now planning to bet with Mayfield for another tattoo if he wins the Heisman.

The senior QB has made a strong case for the trophy — he went into Saturday with 4,097 pass yards and 37 TDs to just five picks on the year before leading the Sooners to a drubbing of TCU to win the Big 12 title. As such, we may get another priceless exchange between Mayfield and Holzhammer in the DMs.