Without a doubt, NBA stars are very popular not only in the US but also in different parts of the world. But other than their outstanding basketball skills, NBA starts are also known for their tattoos. In fact, more and more people are starting to have their own version of famous NBA stars’ body arts including Lebron James tattoos.
As a basketball icon, James is known for his exceptional skills inside the ring. In fact, he’s dubbed as one of the most promising basketball stars of his generation along with his co-players from other teams.
For the past years, James has made his name as one of the most promising basketball stars of today’s NBA.
But on top of his basketball skills, he’s also quite popular for his tattoos. As a matter of fact, he’s one of those NBA stars who are referred to as tattoo models of NBA. According to some estimates from different interviews, James has a total of 42 tattoos all over his body.
Each tattoo signifies something that’s important to his personal life from his teens all the way to the present.
Are one of those who are wondering how many tattoos does James has? So now you know the answer. Although some articles say it’s more than that or fewer than that, the consensus tends to settle at 42. So let’s just take that as the average.
For those who have been following James’ life, especially his personal story, some of you might have some ideas on the meanings of his tattoos and the exact designs. But for the benefit of everyone, we will try to cover all those designs and hopefully summarize each design to the best of the researchers’ ability.
As we go along on this article, we will dissect some of the most famous Lebron James tattoos, there location, meaning, and some other information that might interest not only those tattoo enthusiasts but even those ordinary people.
The largest and most prominent tattoo on his back is the “Chosen 1” tattoo located on his upper back and extends from one side of the shoulder to the other end. He got this tattoo done immediately after the Sports Illustrated tapped James to their cover during his high school days.
In terms of significance, this is probably one of the tattoos that he had that really matters to him as this has been part of an important milestone to his career.
Located on his right arm is a tattoo design of a lion head, which underwent several transformations during the course of the years. From a simple lion head design, several element of the latest design have been added including the words King, which was added on top, as well as the word James, which was added below the main head design.
Hold my own
Another symbolic tattoo design that James had is a symbolically inspired design of birds flying, which symbolizes different things based on how you interpret it. There have been no definite explanations from James himself about this design.
Despite his very tough image, the iconic basketball player has also a soft spot. In fact, this particular tattoo is dedicated to his son James Jr. on his first birthday. It only shows that despite all the attention and fame that James got as a basketball star, he never fails to value and treasure his family, even through his tattoos.
Another attention gabbing tattoo design is the “gifted child” design, which is located on his chest. The design was done using small texts and isn’t that apparent from afar.
Running all the way down to his right calf is a tattoo called Witness, which according to some accounts James got after a very positive outcome of the playoff run in 2006. This is one of the tattoos that highlight some of the successful times of his career in the NBA.
Pretty much obvious that this is his initials, James got this tattoo while having a six-day rest while waiting for their team’s opponent. James was still with the Cavalier when he got this tattoo done in 2007. Roughly seven years after, James still considers this as one of his simplest yet proudest tattoos.
Another proof that James is a family man, he had a tattoo done in text Glorio to pay homage to his loving mother named Gloria. This tattoo is located above his lion head tattoo on his arm (right).
Yet another family-rooted tattoo that James had. This tattoo is also located on his upper extremity particularly on the right area of his stomach.
What we do in life; echoes in eternity
A very meaningful statement made into tattoo. James had this done in 2010, which was one of the famous lines in the movie Gladiator that happened to be James’ favorite. This may be a very significant meaning for James as he had this tattooed permanently on his body.
Akron; Est. 1984
A very clever tattoo that is located on his left shoulder is a tribute to his hometown—Akron and his birth year—1984. With all the fame and attention that famous NBA stars are getting, it’s amazing to see such individuals who never forget to recognize their place of origin.
Today, Lebron continues to enjoy a flourishing basketball career in the NBA so as his collection of tattoos continue to grow. As years go by, new tattoos are being added to the 42ish tattoos that James have.
If you’re interested in having some of the tattoo designs that your favorite celebrities or basketball players have, you need to make sure that the design also fits your personality, lifestyle, and preference. Also, don’t just pick a design in random without carefully thinking about it over time.
After all, having a tattoo is a lifetime commitment and it’s not something that we can retract although there have been several procedures that promise to erase tattoos, but at the end of the day, the marks will always be there.