Tattoo Tuesday: Check out the best Lakers fans’ ink from Los Angeles and beyond

Tattoo Tuesday: Check out the best Lakers fans’ ink from Los Angeles and beyond

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In our #TattooTuesday series we scour fandom to highlight the most-impressive tattoos celebrating a particular team from one of the big-five sports — basketball, baseball, football, hockey and soccer.

Tattoo Tuesday highlights best fan ink from the sports world

Few acts show one’s commitment to a particular sports team as getting a tattoo of their logo or one of the franchise’s star players. This week we head to the sun-splashed beaches of Southern California to look at the best-of-the-best Lakers fans’ ink from Los Angeles and beyond.


In the above video, SullenTV and Stencil Stuff present a time-lapsed tattoo of a Kobe Bryant tattoo executed by New Zealander Steve Butcher. What follows are some of best Lakers-themed tattoos proving each recipient’s diehard allegiance to Showtime.


Kobe Bryant dunking tattoo

We start the list off with another Bryant offering from Butcher. This one features a photographic-quality rendering of the Black Mamba’s dunk over Dwight Howard.


LA Lakers shoulder tattoo featuring Kobe Bryant

A Lakers superfan going by the handle @ThatLakersDude on Instagram has built up a three part sleeve tattoo that started with Bryant’s likeness on his shoulder…

Lakers tattoo featuring NBA Championship ring

… followed by one of the Lakers NBA championship rings…

Tattoo of Lakers logo framed by palm trees

… and completed with the franchise’s logo framed by palm trees.


Los Angeles Lakers skull tattoo

This baseball-cap wearing Lakers skull rendered in purple and gold is worthy of inclusion in Gray’s Anatomy or at an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Lakers tattoo featuring baseball-cap wearing minion

Given the yellow complexion of minions and the fact they wear goggles a la Kareem Abdul Jabbar, it should come as no surprise that they’re Lakers fans through and through.


Jerry West Lakers tattoo

If Jerry West is good enough to serve as the silhouette in the NBA’s logo, he’s certainly good enough for an arm tattoo. If you’re a Lakers fan living in Wisconsin, and want ink like that shown above, you’re in luck. The artist, Alexi Stankowski, works out of The Seven One Five Tattoo Collective in Wassau.


Lakers tattoo celebrating back-to-back NBA titles

This tattoo by Los Angeles artist Rask Opticon celebrates the Lakers last two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. If LeBron James can lead the


We close as we opened, with yet another nonpareil masterpiece executed by Butcher. This photorealistic tattoo captures Magic Johnson at his prime when he helped lead the Lakers to five championships from 1980 to 1988.

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