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Kevin Durant’s tattoo you: OKC gets the best “ink” of all

John Rohde Published: October 5, 2011


In a video he posted on You Tube, Thunder star Kevin Durant explains his reasoning behind getting tattoos on his chest and back.

Durant obviously put a lot of thought into his tats. Each carries a special meaning. “My tattoos are just not there to be there,” Durant said. “They’re something that are really significant to me.”

A breakdown:

- A tattoo of the house where he was raised in Maryland, accompanied by a “301″ area code. “I’ve been through a lot in that house,” Durant said.

- A scripted “W” of Washington Nationals logo for Washington, D.C., where Durant was born.

- A “Walk by Faith, Not by Sight” inscription. “Kind of self-explanatory,” Durant said.

- A tattoo of a Texas Longhorns logo. “Kind of self-explanatory as well,” said Durant, who played one season at UT.

- Names of his mother (Wanda) and grandmother (Barbara), accompanied with rose and dove, respectively. “The two most important women in my life right now,” Durant said.

- On his back is an angel, in honor of an aunt who died of breast cancer when Durant was in sixth grade. “She was kind of one of the people who got me into wanting to play sports, wanting to play basketball.” Durant said. “(The angel) is kind of her watching over me because she never got to see me play in the NBA, or in college or in high school. That was her kind of just watching over my back wherever I go.”

- “Maryland” is enscribed across the top of Durant’s back. “Maryland is really known for a lot of haters and a lot of guys that bring people down, but I just wanted to shine that bright light on our state, and just let people know I represent them wherever I go,” Durant said. “I want to carry the state on my back. I want to do as much as I can for them, whether it’s on the basketball, in the community, anything.”

- Three fingers flashed in one hand and five in the other, representing his jersey No. 35, which he wears in honor of his first coach, who passed away at age 35.

- Durant’s tattoos are hidden by his jersey. He has no tats on his arms. “My mom told me I can get tattoos, but I can’t get them on my arms, not letting them show, I guess,” Durant said. “I tell people I’m saving them (the arms) for my kids and my family — my wife and my kids whenever they get here.

“I’m the same person. I’ve just got some tattoos.”

Some Thunder fans no doubt are asking, “Hey, where’s the love? Where is Durant’s tribute in ink to Oklahoma?”

Actually, OKC got the best ink of all. It came last year, when Durant inked a five-year contract extension.

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