Following years of being on the mend, Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz has made a triumphant return to basketball in the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
The former number one overall pick has finally shown glimpses of his true potential, tallying 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.3 steals in 64 games for the Magic this season.
Aside from his spirited play prior to the NBA hiatus, another thing that stands out the most is Fultz’s growing collection of black and white tattoos on his body.
The University of Washington alum has spent several years rehabilitating his injuries and seems to have also used his spare time to have more work done on his body.
The most striking design on Markelle Fultz’s body is the full sleeve he has on his left arm. Plastered on his left shoulder is the head of a clock, which is a popular design for tattoo enthusiasts. The clock art usually serves as parallelism of time, as well as symbolism for life and death.
Right below is what appears to be the face of a strong male warrior. The 22-year-old Fultz, of course, has been through a lot already in his young NBA career and has shown some warrior spirit by bouncing back from his injuries and silencing the naysayers.
Located on his left arm is a huge “W” tattoo that is pretty hard to miss. The image is his collegiate alma matter’s logo where Fultz enjoyed a terrific one-and-done season in 2016-17. His 23.2 points average for the Huskies was the highest mark in the Pac-12 over the last 20 years.
Another portrait of what appears to be an old woman is drawn on his left forearm. A couple of inscriptions are also scribbled around the area, including “My sister’s protector” and “Beast”. Fultz has one older sibling named Shauntese.
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Apart from his arms, Fultz also has several interesting designs on his chest and stomach area. A closer look at his chest piece reveals some kind of a tomb, which is likely a tribute for a deceased loved one. A basketball is also drawn right around his left pec.
Written in cursive around his entire stomach is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., which reads:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Interestingly enough, the initials F.O.E. is stamped right above the quote, which reportedly stands for “Family over everything”.
The designs on his right arm are still new and Fultz has yet to open up about the story behind those ones. Judging by their intricate designs, it seems that each one also holds a deeper meaning to the 6-foot-3 guard.
He also has a big piece on his back, but it remains unclear what it’s all about.
While his bold arms tattoos attract the most attention, it’s the massive piece that covers his left calf that Fultz holds in the highest regard.
Tattooed on his leg is “F2G”, which stands for Fultz’s life motto “Faithful to the grind”.
“You can be faithful. But you still have to work. You can’t just pray about it,” Fultz said of the inspiration behind the tattoo.
It is also worth noting that the “F2G” is painted in gold and black, red and white — which just so happens to be the colors of the flag of Fultz’s hometown Maryland.
Fultz does have a knack for immortalizing excerpts to his body, as he also had a bible passage from Book of James, Chapter 2, Verses 14-17.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? … Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead,” the tattoo reads.