Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not have the year he was expecting with good friend and fellow wideout Jarvis Landry in Ohio last season. Both did go over a thousand yards receiving but their individual performances didn’t generate team success. OBJ fell short.
Still, the unsuccessful 2019 campaign barely took the shine off OBJ’s popularity. The three-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is still one of the most influential NFL figures especially on social media, partly due to his magnetic personality. One facet of his style: the body art Beckham has had done on his small frame.
Let’s go through every known tattoo on Odell Beckham Jr.’s body.
“I AM WHO I AM”
A recently done piece by New York celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang, the words running down vertically on Beckham’s right side neck is a perfectly captures the mercurial wide receiver’s persona.
“XXVIII MCMLXX IV XXII MCMLXX”
The Roman numerals around his neck represent the birthdays of OBJ’s parents, Odell senior and Heather Van Norman
“Fear Life Not Death”
Marcus Aurelius is the one who said the it is not death that man should fear but instead, never being able to live. OBJ is definitely someone who has been “living” life sometimes a bit too much especially before crucial playoff games.
Odell Beckham: Stairway to Heaven, Doves, and Jesus
These tattoos spread across the NFL stars right and left pectorals are possible symbols of his faith and beliefs
Nautical stars/”My World”/ChOSEN1/Sky is the limit/FAME/rocket/clouds
Another couple of pieces on OBJ’s shoulders and arms allude to the man’s out of this world personality.
Martin Luther King Jr. quote
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands at moments of comfort and convenience
but where he stands at the times of challenge and controversy.”
Piano/Saxophone/Musical notes/Theatre masks/”BOURBON”
Spread mostly across his right arm, these tattoos show Odell’s probable affinity to music, arts, and culture which all can be found along New Orleans historic Bourbon Street. Beckham is a Louisiana native.
“GOD CREATED YOU DIFFERENT KNOW YOUR WORTH”/”Royalty”/barcode
Reminders of his uniqueness and greatness on his hands and wrists
Odell Beckham: “one dream”/”one chance”/”Make Dreams Reality”
A peek into the mentality of OBJ, located across both forearms and wrists
New York Subway/Bus/New York skyline/Face in hands Lady Liberty
Spotted on his arms and back, all symbols of OBJ’s first NFL home in New York.
Planet of the Apes by Odell Beckham
The sci-fi franchise tattooed by Bang Bang across OBJ’s lower back revolves around a group of intelligent apes who learned to rise up against the humans.
Hollywood sign/Golden Gate Bridge/Helicopter/Moon
These pieces were part of the four-day process Bang Bang went through to cover Beckham’s entire back.
Barrack Obama/ Martin Luther King Jr./ Malcolm X
The 44th President of the United States and two of the most influential figures in the civil rights movements find themselves as key figures on OBJ’s legs.
Another main feature on Odell’s legs, these Black athletes all played influential roles in sports and politics. Most recently, he added a portrait of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on his right side, a tribute to Kobe who perished in the helicopter crash a few months ago. Each one impacted their sport, culture, and politics uniquely just like OBJ.
Tupac Shakur/Lil’ Wayne/Bob Marley/Prince/Michael Jackson/Heath Ledger’s Joker
These legendary artist make up the rest of Beckham’s lower body pieces and are also giants who all have left enormous imprints on not just the industry but also the world. Weezy is the only living member of this group.
OBJ has “92” tattooed on his right knee and “13” on the underside of his right arm. He was born in 1992 and 13 is his NFL jersey number.
Outside the Planet of the Apes lower back tattoo and the doves on his chest, OBJ also has snake eyes, a gorilla, shark, two lions, an owl, a goat, a hippo, a giraffe, and an elephant across his body. He also has the phrases “adapt to survive” and “straight out the jungle” inked onto his skin. Most likely all these are representations of OBJ’s “killer” and animal instincts when it comes football as well as other facets of life. We definitely agree that he’s a beast heading downfield.