Durant has opted to keep his arms completely free from ink but had a lot of work done on other areas.
The former MVP usually keeps his artwork under wraps and is often not visible when Durant plays on the hardwood. It was only just a few years ago when the 31-year-old gave fans a glimpse of his impressive set of tattoos.
Inspiration for Kevin Durant’s ink comes from his family, his religious beliefs, as well as to the people he looks up to the most.
All in all, Durant has a total of 15 known tattoos on his body. Let’s break down each design and the meaning behind it.
1. “Dove and Barbara” on left chest
Durant first revealed his love for tattoos when he showcased the massive piece on his chest.
The dove on Durant’s left pec symbolizes love and fresh beginnings and is a tribute to his grandmother Barbara. Durant shared that he was extremely close to his Grandma, particularly when his parents split up when he was just 13.
2. “Rose and Wanda” on right chest
Wanda Durant, of course, is best known as the matriarch of the Durant household and “The Real MVP”. The two-time NBA champion simply adores his mother and credits her for molding him to the man that he is today. Roses are one of the most common tattoos out there, which represents love, promise, and hope.
3. “Maryland” on shoulder blades
Similar to LeBron James’ “Akron” tattoo, Durant also commemorates his hometown by having it engraved on his back. Durant played for two high schools in Maryland (National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian School) before playing for the University of Texas in college.
4. Angel holding basketball and no.35 on upper back
Kevin Durant’s entire back is covered in ink. The angel on his back is an omen of good luck, while the basketball on its hand likely symbolizes how basketball served as his savior growing up. On each side of the angel is a hand that depicts the numbers 3 and 5, which when combined is Durant’s jersey number with the Thunder and the Warriors. KD has since opted to wear no.7 for the Nets.
5. Massive bible verse on lower back
KD is a man of faith and he got his favorite scripture plastered around his spine. The verse comes from James 1:2-4, which reads:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Upon closer look, the tattoo has a typo. The word “mature” was listed as “mautre”.
6. Jesus Christ on left rib
While the rib is said to be the most painful place to get a tattoo, KD endured the pain when he got a portrait of Jesus Christ on his left side. This marks Durant’s dedication to his religious values and his strong belief on Christianity.
7. Cross tattoo and Proverbs 15:33 on lower right stomach
While the cross is another sign of his unwavering faith, KD turned it up a notch by adding another biblical inscription.
The text says: “The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor”.
8. “Walk By Faith, Not By Sight” on lower right stomach
An avid reader of the Bible, Durant also had his favorite quote from 2 Corinthians 5:7 immortalized on his body. Durant claimed that reading the Bible pumps him up and balances him before games.
9. Curly “W” above navel
Durant once again honored his roots by inking the logo of the Washington Nationals near his navel.
10. Hut and 301 on left stomach area
While each of Durant’s tattoos has their own meanings, KD admitted that this one is his least favorite. The hut is a remembrance of the ancestral house he grew up in, while 301 is its area code.
11. Illegible ink below navel
While most of his tattoos are quite detailed, this one was rather faded and hard to read. The text reads “Work brings” but the rest is hard to figure out. This was likely one of KD’s oldest tattoos.
12. Italicized letter “R” on right wrist
This is the only tattoo on KD’s upper body that is visible during games. However, it remains unclear what this one means for KD.
13. Rick James on left thigh
Durant’s lower body is also riddled by portraits of people he looks up to. The 6-foot-10 superstar is not afraid to share his thoughts and political views, much like African American singer Rick James.
“Rick James personified freedom. He personified just being you, loving and caring for what you like, what you believe in,” KD once said.
14. Tupac Shakur on left leg
KD’s most prominent ink is the huge Tupac image on his leg. Kevin Durant holds the hip-hop icon in high regard not just for his music, but also for his take on the world.
“Tupac was known for being woke, being politically incorrect, having a voice, and standing up for himself, standing up for what he believes is right,” Durant said.
15. Lion on right leg
The king of the jungle is one of the most popular designs out there since it signifies pride and leadership. This suits KD well since he is also known to be the alpha male of every team he plays for.