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Work appears complete on Kevin Durant’s massive back tattoo (pics)


With the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the playoffs, it looks like Kevin Durant not only has been occupied with showing extreme loyalty to his new hometown by donating $1 million to the Red Cross for relief aid in the aftermath of the devastating tornado earlier this week; he also has found the time to put the finishing touches on an extremely large back tattoo.

The ink apparently has been the work of a tattoo artist who goes by the name of Randy (above with KD) of Tattoos by Randy in Jonesboro, Ga., and the work is certainly impressive.

Larry Brown Sports has been chronicling the entire process of the ginormous grouping of tattoos on his back all the way back to 2011, when Durant got a Maryland tattoo — among others — etched into his upper back across his shoulders, but via his Instagram account, Durant now is showcasing some additions, including a portrait of Jesus on his lower back. The photo, which included the comment, “Finishing my back piece…”:


Durant later uploaded an additional photo to highlight a complementary Bible verse located on the other side of his lower back:


Pretty awesome and it is safe to argue that Durant is correct in asserting that his “back piece” is finished since there remains little skin that hasn’t been inked.

Although to be honest, I’m still inclined to call Andrei Kirilenko’s massive back tattoo my personal favorite example of pro athlete body art.

UPDATE: Thanks to a tweet from Sarah Kogod, Ball Don’t Lie has uncovered a possible typo in the Bible verse located on Durant’s lower back. The verse, James 1:2-4, should read:

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

But if one looks closely, “mature” appears to be spelled “mautre”:


Oops. That’s a shame.