Having a tattoo nowadays is considered common, especially in the NBA. But back in the 80s and 90s, it wasn’t as widely accepted. Michael Jordan, the basketball GOAT, has one, and its meaning reflects his fierce loyalty.
Jordan’s tattoo and meaning
Michael Jordan has a tattoo, but it’s placed out of public view: on his chest. He sports an omega horseshoe above his left breast. The only proof was the cover of Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan by Bob Greene.
The design was a tribute to his North Carolina fraternity Omega Psi Phi. One interesting fact: he is a fraternity brother of Bad Boy member and erstwhile tormentor John Salley.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if the tattoo is still there as Mike rarely takes his shirt off nowadays. But if Jordan was convinced it had to be tattooed on him, then it means he values the fraternity at such a higher and more personal level.
NBA stars and their tattoos
Kobe Bryant had several tattoos on him, including the name Vanessa, a butterfly crown that signifies respect, authority, and emotions, and an angel wings design, all of which is a tribute to his wife. Also, The Black Mamba had the names of his daughters tattooed and Psalm XXVII.
LeBron James also has many body inks -a total of 24 of them. There’s the CHOSEN1 on his back, Witness, Crowned King James, Gifted Child, Family, Loyalty, and Stars. The King also paid tribute to his mother Gloria and his children by having their names inked on his body.
Even the young stars are already sporting nice-looking tattoos. Luka Doncic has a tiger on his left forearm and the Eye of God, which some call the sign of the Illuminati. The Slovenian wunderkind also inked the Latin words Non-desistas/Non-exieris on his wrist, which means Never Give Up/Never Surrender.
Players sport tattoos because of their different meanings and significance to them. Usually, the designs remind them of who they are playing for. Inks are more personal than just body aesthetics, and Michael Jordan surprisingly has one contrary to popular beliefs that he has none.