The world of sports overflows with regrettable tattoos.
Who could forget this tattoo predicting a Jaguars Super Bowl win in 2018?
Or Rick Pitino’s tattoo commemorating a championship that never happened?
Or the guy who had his bald head tattooed to look like a Patriots helmet?
Then there’s this monstrosity.
Thankfully, the work of artist Steve Belcher almost makes one forget about the grotesquery in the realm of sports tattoos.
The best sports tattoo ever?
The New Zealander’s latest shared work is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Remember this famed dunk from just two months into the Miami Heat marriage of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?
Well, the recipient of Belcher’s latest production always will — he or she got the iconic photo that the play yielded tattooed onto their body.
WADE TO LEBRON! @dwyanewade @kingjames ! Was cool seeing these two beasts play together. So much fun with this piece, about 21 hours work, this piece is huge! @nba @espn @sportscenter @miamiheat @tmz_tv #amazingnbamoments #wadetolebron Done using @inkjecta @intenzetattooink @inkeeze @killerinktattoo @dermalizepro @electrumstencilproducts @thelvxlightofficial @immortalprime @cheyenne_tattooequipment @tattoosocietymagazine @inkedmag @sullenclothing
It’s practically the photo superimposed onto someone’s leg.
Here’s the tat partway through the 21 hours of work it required.